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Emoji domains get a 😟 after broad study

Domain names containing emojis are a security risk and not recommended, according to a pretty comprehensive review by an ICANN study group. The Country-Code Names Supporting Organization has delivered the results of its 12-person, 18-month Emoji Study ...
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ICANN enters talks to kill off Whois for good

Whois’ days are numbered. ICANN is to soon enter talks with accredited registrars and contracted gTLD registries with the aim of naming a date to finally “sunset” the aging protocol. It wants to negotiate amendments to the Registrar A...
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More than 1,000 new gTLDs a year? Sure!

There’s no particular reason ICANN shouldn’t be able to add more than 1,000 new gTLDs to the DNS every year, according to security experts. The Security and Stability Advisory Committee has informed ICANN (pdf) that the cap, which was in pl...
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ICANN got hacked by crypto bots

ICANN had to take down its community wiki for several hours last week after it got hacked by crypto-currency miners. The bad guys got in via one of two “critical” vulnerabilities in Confluence, the wiki software that ICANN licences from Atl...
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Root servers whacked after crypto change

The DNS root servers came under accidental attack from name servers across the internet following ICANN’s recent changes to their cryptographic master keys, according to Verisign. The company, which runs the A and J root servers, said it saw requ...
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The internet is still working after KSK roll

The first-ever change to the security keys at the top of the DNS tree appears to have been a non-event. While ICANN received reports of some disruptions after last Thursday’s KSK rollover, the impact appears to have fallen short of the millions o...
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Emoji domains now easier to use

Emoji domains have become marginally easier to navigate to in the last month, following an update to Google’s Chrome browser. Google has added “Emoji” to the context menu that appears when users right-click in any editable text field ...
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