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Articles tagged with: domain

Go Daddy Has Been Sold

The parent company of GoDaddy.com, a top registrar of Internet domain names, has been sold to a group of private investment firms for $2.25 billion.

Go Daddy Group Inc.’s sale to KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures comes as the company expects to top $1.1 billion in revenue this year because expanding Internet use has fueled the creation of more websites and the “domains” needed to help find them.

ICANN Approves Unlimited Top Level Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently voted overwhelmingly to approve unlimited TLD (top level domains). Whereas people used to only have a select number of domain options (.biz, .org, .com, or .net)–users will now be able to choose any domain they want.

Although many were originally concerned that this new change would confuse users, that worry has apparently been set aside. At the present time, I cannot envision too many people adoption a facebook.facebook approach, but I could see various creative ways to market a website.

Twitter Sues Twiter.com For Deception

It’s not unusual to hear about similar-sounding domain names to exist, but Twiter.com is one that, not only sounds similar to the service but offers a similar service, seeking to trick people into giving personal information about themselves.

The faux site doesn’t download any malicious software to the victim’s computer but instead gathers information after users sign up. Also, once the user has signed up, offers are then made for free “prizes” such as iPads and Macbooks, and continue to spam the heck out of whoever signed up.

Iranian Government Accused Of Large Scale Internet Attack

The Comodo Group, a New Jersey company, has accused Iran’s government of sponsoring an attempted cyber-attack on Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Skype. Had the attacks not been discovered, these major websites would have been left open to impersonation. The Comodo group sells digital authentication certificates (guarantee whether a website is legitimate or not). The certificates work through a security protocol called SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). The company claimed to have sold nine certificates…

Libya — The Big Question For Bit.ly and Deck.ly

Libya has begun blocking access to Facebook in Tripoli, the country’s capital, and is cutting off electricity and access to the Internet as a response to anti-goverment protests.

If the access to specific sites are blocked, people can use proxies, but if the Internet lines are shutdown or the power is turned off, the story is different all together. Hence, this could not only impact bit.ly and deck.ly but all domains registered within Libyan control.

Perhaps the revolutions in the Middle East will allow people to rethink government sponsored/hosted domain registration.