Britain’s got talent victim of cybersquatters

susan23Cybersquatters have registered domain names and created Twitters accounts of almost every semi-finalist of Britain’s got talent. 33 of 40 semi-finalists, including the in the meanwhile world famous Scottish Susan Boyle, have become the victim of cybersquatting. Reason is that only a few semi-finalists had registered domain names and created Twitter accounts in their own name before the start of the talent show.

The cybersquatters mainly registered .com and .co.uk names. This could make it very tricky for the final winner to create an online identity since most of the interesting domain names are already registered. Right now, most of the domain names don’t link to a website, they’re just holding pages. Of course this could change once the final winner is known.

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This post was written by lieve on May 29, 2009

.sy names now active

The .sy registry (Syria) has decided to start registering .sy names actively. Up until now, it was possible to register a name under the .sy domain, but those names were parked. This has changed now. If you now register a .sy name, you will be able to use this name actively.

However, owners of a parked .sy name, still need to have some patience. Their names will become active but the registry hasn’t decided yet when this will happen.

There are also several restrictions to register a .sy domain name. Only companies can register a .sy name. The registry also requires an incorporation certificate. Moreover, complicated notarized paperwork is needed.

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This post was written by lieve on May 25, 2009

.mobi is growing quickly

The past year, dotMobi (the mobi registry) noted an enormous growth in the number of new registrations for the .mobi domain. At the beginning of 2008, there were only 150.000 .mobi names registered. Right now they’ve reached a number of 1.100.000 registrations. That’s a growht of nearly 700%. So it’s quite logic, the .mobi registry is euphoric right now. Especially because for quite a while, it seemed the domain would never catch on.

What is special about a .mobi name, is that it needs to be able to accept visits from mobiles devices such as PDA’s and mobile phones. This seemed to be an obstacle for quite a while. However this obstacle seemed to have disappeared right now since both larger and smaller brands choose for a .mobi name right now. One of the reason might be that a .mobi domain can make sure you’re easily and quiclky found through search engines.

Now the domain seems to be finally launched, we’ll just have to wait and see if it will be able to maintain his growth.

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This post was written by lieve on May 18, 2009

Splendid first quarter for .ie

During the first quarter of 2009, the .ie registry (Ireland) saw the highest number of new registrations ever. During the first 3 years of this year 9.781 new .ie domain names were registered. That’s a rise of 28% compared to the last quarter of 2008. 80% of those names were registered by sole traders and limited companies. 98% of this growth was generated by resellers.

‘We’re very pleased with this rise of .ie registrations,’ says David Curtin, CEO of the .ie registry. ‘It’s very motivating to notice that people, despite the economic crisis, still see potential in online activities. We can’t be anything but glad with those results,’ concludes Curtin.

However there are a few conditions to register an .ie name. The domain name has to partially or completely resemble the official company name or trade mark from the owner of the domain name. If the owner doesn’t have an address in Ireland, then he has to prove his economic bands with the country for instance through an invoice to an Irish customer.

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This post was written by lieve on May 13, 2009

Spam and the environment

boompjes24Spam is timeconsuming, costs lots of money and all those spam messages in your inbox are just annoying. You can try to minimize them by using a spamfilter but still there are some messages that manage to get into your mailbox. But this is old information. But what’s the impact of spam messages on the environment? How about energy use? And for how many GHG emissions are spam messages responsible? Shortly, what’s the carbon footprint of all those spam messages?

This is the question ICF and McAfee asked themselves last year. The reason they started wondering was because they saw some amazing changes when McColo disappeared of the Internet. McColo, the biggest spammer in the world, had been taken offline in November 2008. The first thing ICF and McAfee noticed, was a drop of the worldwide number of spam messages by an average of 50%. When McColo came back online a few days later, spam messages peaked again. Secondly they saw a great reduction of electricity use. So they decided to further investigate the relationship between spam and energy use.

They decided to take a look at diffent phases in the life cycle of a spam message and to check how many energy was used during each phase. They looked at different phases; from harvesting e-mail addresses, actually sending the messages, through receiving the message and viewing and deleting it and filtering it and searching for false positives.

Their study releaved an average CO2 emission of 0,3 gr per spam message. That seems very little but it isn’t when you consider the annual amount of sent spam messages. In 2008, 62 trillion spam messages were sent worldwide. The total CO2 emission of all those messages is the same as the annual emission of 3.1 million cars. Most energy is lost during the last 2 phases (viewing and deleting and filtering and looking for false positives). Both phases are responsible for 80% of the total spam related energy use. Viewing and deleting of spam alone is already responsible for 18 billion KWh or 52% of spam related energy use.

The ultimate solution to get rid of spam would be to take all spammers offline. This would cause an enormous of energy use which could already be seen when McColo was taken offline. However up until now, that’s a utopia.

An other possible solution to reduce the energy use would be to protect every mailbox with a solid spam filter. McAfee and ICF calculated that when this would happen, the total of energy lost on spam every year would reduce by 75%. This is the same as taking 2.1 million cars of the road.

Spam filters also seem a great solution for entreprises. The results demonstrate that a medium size business uses approximately 50.000 KWh per year. 10.000 KWh is lost on spam. The CO2 emission would also reduce dramatically by the use of good spam filters. McAfee and ICF concluded that one single employer is responsible for 131kg of Co2 emission each year. 22% of this emission is caused by spam. Finally everbody would save lots of time if spam wouldn’t exist anymore. The study revealed that each year 104 billion work hours are spent on reading and deleting spam.

bNamed is very well aware if the importance of a good spam filter to manage the e-mail traffic. Therefore, we offer the possibility to set up a spam filter by each domain name.

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This post was written by lieve on May 7, 2009

.tv is flooding

televisie1 .tv is the extension of Tuvalu, an island in the Great Pacific situated Northeast of Australia. However the island seems to disappear slowly but surely. On the one hand is facing problems because of the rising sea level. Because of this it’s slowly sinking. And this ain’t good news given the fact that the highest point of Tuvalu is only 4,5m above sea level. On the other hand, the number of inhabitants has risen strongly the last years. Because of the many inhabitants the island is also confronted with more erosion causing several parts of the island disappearing in the Pacific. The inhabitants of Tuvalu are being adviced to move to Australia or New Zealand.

So what will happen to the .tv extension? One could think, no country, no extension. And normally this is indeed how it works. For instance, this is what happened with the .yu extension (Yugoslavia). However, it doesn’t always have to be like this. A good example is the .su extension. This extension was meant for the Sovjet Union. This Union doesn’t exist anymore but nowadays it’s still possible to register the .su extension. This is mainly due to the attitude of the registry who didn’t want to give up this extension voluntarily. If the .tv registry tries the same thing, there’s still a chance the .tv extension will remain. An other important fact is that Verisign is already taking care of all the technical matters regarding .tv. Maybe they’re willing to look after the administrative matters too, once this is needed. At the moment, we can only wait and see what will happen with this extension.

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This post was written by lieve on May 5, 2009

Pre-registration period of .mx has started

As we reported before, the .mx registry was planning a new release of the .mx domain. This release started last Friday.

On Friday May 1st the pre-registration period for .mx started. This period lasts 3 months and ends on July 31st. During this period only current owners of a Mexican domain name (for instance .com.mx, .net.mx,…) can register this name under the .mx extension. The name you want to register under .mx needs to be exactly the same as your current Mexican domain name. Moreover your current Mexican domain name needs to be registered before March 1st 2009.

If you meet the above conditions, you can register a .mx name without a problem. Otherwise you’ll have to wait until September 1st. On this day, the initial period, the so called go-live, for .mx begins and everyone who wishes to do so can register a .mx domain name from then on.

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This post was written by lieve on May 4, 2009