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5G Security Transparency

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There is considerable rhetoric propagated today about 5G security. Some of the more blatant assertions border on xenophobia with vague assertions that the 5G vendors from some countries cannot be trusted and wholesale government banning is required. Existing treaty obligations are being summarily abrogated in favour of bilateral trade bullying. These are practices that the late President George H.W. Bush sought to eliminate a quarter century ago through intergovernmental organization initiatives that relied on industry collaboration. Bush 41's efforts were enormously successful and opened up a new world of global communication services, products, and economic growth — that are now being systematically undermined. As the world transitions to 5G global communications, the adverse effects of unilateral national isolationism will be profound.

Fortunately, open global industry collaboration is more active today than at any point in history — especially now for 5G security. It is that collaboration that also provides significant 5G security transparency today. That transparency is more essential than ever.

Metrics of 5G Security Collaboration

To provide some degree of transparency on the subject of 5G security and who is actually devoting resources to taking action, we are somewhat fortunate that there is one principal global industry venue that is intensively devoted to the subject — the 3GPP organization's group SA3. Its remit is exclusively security, and there are 17 current Release 16 work items that are devoted to every aspect of 5G product and service security, including supply chain management.

As opposed to other standards bodies, 3GPP's are essentially mandatory, and some are overseen by the industry's global provider and vendor organization, the London-based GSMA. As a result of this stature, the work is extensive, dynamic, and globally inclusive.

During 2018, the SA3 held seven meetings lasting five days, roughly 60 days apart, in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Arguably, the metrics of participation in these 2018 meetings are transparent indicators of the companies, agencies, and organizations interested and substantively involved in bringing about 5G security and willing to devote resources. In addition, because this open industry activity involves the participants making their Intellectual Property available for collective public use, the input metrics are indicative of the willingness of parties to share their 5G security IPR.

During 2018, 74 different companies (including their subsidiaries) plus a few agencies, sent technical experts to the seven SA3 meetings, expending 2,676 staff days and submitting 3,582 documents devoted specifically to 5G security specifications and liaison communications. The metrics for the top twenty participating entities are shown below and can be openly obtained from the SA3 portal site. These numbers are significant because they demonstrate who is willing to expend monies to have an employee present the most important industry 5G security meetings rotating across three continents, including three in the U.S.

Staff daysEntity305Huawei170Ericsson170Qualcomm140China Mobile125Nokia110NEC85Motorola75CATT75InterDigital75NCSC70BT plc65Orange65Samsung55Apple50Deutsche Telekom50ZTE Corp45Datang45Intel45Sony45Vodafone

Among government agencies, UK's NCSC is found in the top 20. The three USGOV agencies — DHS, NIST, and FCC - together expended 60 staff days.

Another measure of substantive engagement — input document contributions to the 5G security standards and studies in 2018 are shown below. The numbers reflect the entity individually or collectively contributing a specification or study proposal or text. These numbers are significant because they indicate the degree of substantive engagement in 5G security provisions.

ContributionsEntity679Huawei626HiSilicon580Ericsson510Nokia Shanghai Bell204Qualcomm180China Mobile170NEC152ZTE Corp127CATT108Motorola95KPN 90Deutsche Telekom89Vodafone86Samsung69InterDigital66NCSC54China Unicom53LG Electronics42Lenovo37Intel

Here also, many of the same parties are found in the top 20 because contributions require the attention of participant staff. Among USGOV agencies, NIST provided 9 submissions, and the FFRDC, MITRE, submitted 9.

5G Supply Chain Management

Among the many SA3 5G security standards, the one most related to contemporary security supply chain threat rhetoric is the Security Assurance Specification for 5G (SCAS_5G). The 3GPP activity is an extension of an initiative begun in SA3 nearly five years ago based on material from the Common Criteria Control Board to develop a global industry-driven mobile Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) for equipment supply chain management using a Security Assurance Methodology (SECAM). The managing and accrediting body is the GSMA.

Here also, the contribution metrics show the stark reality both over the past five years as well as today - the U.S. government chooses to completely ignore the principal global activity for supply chain management.

Fourteen parties participated in 2018 in submitting 92 input contributions for developing the 5G Security Assurance specification.

3British Telecom5CATT3China Mobile3China Unicom11Deutsche Telekom3Ericsson17Hisilicon21Huawei1Intel3KPN39NEC Corporation38Nokia14Samsung10ZTE Corp

The FCC Supply Chain Proceeding and Advisory Committee

Global industry standards activities are not the only forum for treating 5G security. The FCC also instituted a rulemaking making proceeding in March 2018 to consider Commission rules related to supply chain management — especially 5G equipment. See WC Docket No. 18-89. Most of the 84 comments filed in the docket to date have expressed a preference for collaborative industry solutions rather than political-driven edicts.

Additionally, the Commission's own industry advisory group, CSRIC, in its Final Report of the Network Reliability and Security Risk Reduction Working group in March 2018, "recommend[ed] that the industry continue to participate in industry and standards forums and adopt the GSMA recommended controls to address emerging security risks as part of their overall 5G and IoT security approach."

New Threats to Global Industry 5G Security Collaboration

Decades ago, the United States was a leader in global ICT industry collaboration which including collectively developing the security specifications expanding the markets for worldwide growth and trade in equipment and services. That dynamic is alive and well today in 3GPP SA3 and many other venues, even if the participants have changed, and the U.S. government agencies have disengaged. There is an enormous amount of travel and personal sacrifice endured by the individuals involved.

Eight years ago, three Google executives while traveling in Italy, were apprehended because one of their company's offerings allegedly violating a local law. Their trial and imprisonment generated industry widespread outrage. Today, the same has recently occurred to another global ICT company executive from another part of the world. Such governmental actions are serious threats to everyone engaging in global industry security collaboration.

Written by Anthony Rutkowski, Principal, Netmagic Associates LLC

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Last month’s top DNW stories

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2018-12-07 15:21

Verisign and the Gab controversy were top stories last month.

Last month’s headlines were dominated by news related to the U.S. government extending the Cooperative Agreement with Verisign. Let’s start by reviewing the top five posts on DNW in November, ranked by views:

1. Who wins, who loses from Trump Admin decision on domain names – You’re going to see a common theme emerge among the top stories. In this post, I reviewed the winners and losers from the decision to let Verisign increase prices on .com domain names.

2. Holy sh!t…Verisign just called out “Domain Scalpers” and its biggest customers – Just a day after getting U.S. approval to raise prices, Verisign threw domain investors under the bus.

3. U.S. Gov Grants Verisign .Com Price Hikes – If you don’t know the background for the first two stories, read this one.

4. Pennsylvania Attorney General subpoenas Epik over Gab.com domain name – Epik decided to accept Gab.com at its registrar and was repaid with a subpoena.

5. Domains suggest which cities might get XFL football teams – Domain names tipped off which cities were in the running for football teams.

I also had some great podcast interviews last month. Click the links to listen, or download them on your podcast app:

#209 – Going Global with Rolf Larsen

#210 – Brewing up Brew.com

#211 – 48 domains, $114k sales on $3400 investment

#212 – All about naming with Eli Altman

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Cuba Rolls Out 3G Mobile Access

Domain industry news - Fri, 2018-12-07 02:58

What if it were free?

After several months of trials, ETECSA announced the availablity of third-generation mobile access to their national intranet and the global Internet in a televised "round table."

As shown below, they have upgraded 789 mobile base stations to 3G reaching 66% of the population:

Pricing can be by the megabyte (1 CUC≈$1):

or in monthly packages:

The prices are quite steep for a typical Cuban and I suspect there would be relatively few subscribers among the 34% of the population that is not yet covered. Furthermore, many users will have to buy new phones to use the service. (There are still 1,084 second-generation mobile base stations in Cuba).

Network performance during the trials mentioned above was poor — connections were unreliable and slow. Part of that may have been due to the fact that access was free, but it remains to be seen how fast and reliable the mobile access will be. That will be determined by demand and infrastructure — the capacity of the base stations and backhaul.

Access to the national intranet costs less than access to the global Internet. While local access saves some congestion on Cuba's international links, it also encourages a Cuban "walled-garden." Cuba is developing local content and services, but they cannot compete with what is available globally. Cuba should open to the world and also aim to be a provider of Spanish-language content and services.

There is also a political dimension. Cuba's president, Miguel Díaz-Canel hinted at a walled-garden strategy when he addressed the Parliament saying "We need to be able to put the content of the revolution online," adding that Cubans could thus "counter the avalanche of pseudo-cultural, banal and vulgar content." I can't argue about banal and vulgar content (and worse), but the cure of a walled-garden in a nation with a government-monopoly Internet service provider is worse than the disease.

(Access to the national intranet portal has been blocked in the US — I'd be curious to hear from others who can access it).

If performance is good enough, mobile access will be more convenient and comfortable than the current WiFi hotspots or navigation rooms so it will become the way most Cubans go online. That would be an improvement, but far from ideal. As I have said many times, 3G mobile, WiFi hotspots, home DSL, public navigation rooms, street nets, and El Paquete Semanal are stopgap measures and Cuba should be planning to leapfrog current technology in the future.

We should not forget that 3G mobile technology is around 15-years old. Another interim step could be to augment Cuba's current O3b satellite and terrestrial connectivity to significantly increase backhaul capacity and offer free 3G mobile access. Doing so would lead to a population of trained, demanding users and enable many innovative, practical applications. That may sound crazy at first, but we take free sidewalks, roads, firefighting, etc. for granted and a few cities offer free public transport — why not ubiquitous, free 3G connectivity?

Coming back to Earth — ETECSA promised to make 3G mobile access widely available by the end of the year and they did it. You can watch the video of the televised announcement here:

Written by Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems at California State University

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Trio of 6-Figure Sales Totaling $769,000 Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

DN Journal - Fri, 2018-12-07 01:59
The new weekly sales report is out at DNJournal.com. Three big sales, led by a half-million dollar plus new gTLD sale set the pace on the Top 20 Sales Chart.
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Hackers Behind Marriott Breach Left Clues Suggesting Link to Chinese Government

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-12-06 22:43

Hackers behind the massive data breach of the hotel group Marriott International Inc have left clues suggesting ties to the Chinese government intelligence-gathering operation, Reuters reports. Marriott had reported last week that a hack starting four years ago had exposed the records of half a billion customers in its reservation system. Reuters' Christopher Bing writes: "Private investigators looking into the breach have found hacking tools, techniques and procedures previously used in attacks attributed to Chinese hackers ... While China has emerged as the lead suspect in the case, the sources cautioned it was possible somebody else was behind the hack because other parties had access to the same hacking tools, some of which have previously been posted online."

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Fruitwraps.com for $27K tops this week’s end user sales

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-12-06 20:27

Several software developers, a job search website and a music branding service all bought domain names this week.

The top overall sale fruitwraps.com was purchased by a food manufacturer called Hilton Whole Grain Millers. There were several other interesting end user purchases including two different BitCoin-related service providers.

Check out the list below, and you can view previous lists like this here.

Fruitwraps.com $27,300 – As noted above, this was bought by Hilton Whole Grain Millers, a manufacturer out of Canada. The domain forwards to a page on WowButter.com about a product called Fruitwrap. It combines peanut butter, fruit and what looks to be a tortilla. Frank Schilling’s Name Administration sold the domain.

SanierungsProfi.de €17,850 – Forwards to SanierungsProfi24.de. Now they own the brand name without the “24” for their construction and renovation project management company out of Germany.

Verway.com €15,000 – Forwarding to Verway.ch, this European lifestyle brand now owns the .com domain. According to the site, “VERWAY stands for modern, luxurious, trend-conscious and environmentally friendly products in the fields of beauty, wellness, home living, health, energy and crypto currency”. That’s a wide spectrum of product offerings.

DWallet.com €9,500 – It looks like someone is creating a Bitcoin-related site.

Feed.fr €7,000 – Currently forwards to Feed.co, which is owned by a French brand of nutritional bars.

JobWorker.com $6,000 – The Whois record is for a software development company in Florida. The domain is being developed into a job board.

Listen.net $5,500 – The top “other” sale for the week was purchased by a Brazilian company called ListenX, which provides “Music Branding” for businesses, with the tag line “The right music for all types of business”.

BTCProfit.com $4,500 – An online software provider for Bitcoin trading.

ZyOnline.com $3,800 – This site was purchased by Fashion Division, S.A. a Portuguese Company. It runs a site called ZippyKidstore.com, so this might be short for Zippy.

ArteConcert.com $3,750 – The domain forwards to Arte.tv, a music site operated by ARTE G.E.I.E. in France.

HIQ.de €3,500 – This is a much shorter domain for the software firm that uses HIQ-Projects.com. The short domain now forwards to the longer one.

Nachos.fr €3,000 – A Mexican restaurant franchise in France purchased this keyword domain. Nachos.com sold for $33,000 at NamesCon in 2016.

Tedra.com $2,400 – Forwarding to Tedra.es. This Spanish engineering firm specializes in computer and telecommunications systems, including national and international telephone systems, data center infrastructure and cybersecurity.

 

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PIR, the Operator of .ORG Announces Jonathan Nevett as the New President and CEO

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-12-06 19:57

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the nonprofit operator of the .ORG domain has announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously selected Jonathon Nevett as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 17, 2018. PIR says Nevett "will spearhead the organization's strategy to expand the reach of the .ORG domain, strengthen security and resiliency, and advance outreach and education to the millions of forward-looking organizations and individuals that rely on Public Interest Registry's domains." Previously Nevett was the co-founder of new TLD startup Donuts Inc. and had also served as the senior vice president at Network Solutions. He is also the founding board member of the Domain Name Association.

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Amazon buys FBA.com domain name for Fulfillment by Amazon

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-12-06 15:26

European company with FBA acronym sells FBA.com domain name to Amazon.com.

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) has acquired the three-letter domain name FBA.com, most likely because of its popular Fulfillment By Amazon program.

Fulfillment By Amazon, commonly know as just FBA, is a service in which Amazon.com stores, picks, packs and ships products on behalf of other companies. This includes both companies selling products through the Amazon marketplace as well as ecommerce sites that want Amazon to handle fulfillment for them.

Selling products on Amazon through FBA has become very popular. It’s even turned into a bit of a solopreneur business opportunity. Listen to this DNW podcast from June to learn more about it. There’s a company in Austin that raised over $10 million to buy and build FBA businesses.

FBA.com was previously owned by a Great Britain company called Fee Based Advisors LLP.

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It’s time to make snippeting “opt-out”

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-12-06 14:36

Don’t harm small publishers with laws that only benefit large publishers.

In September I wrote about the European Union’s proposed copyright rules. One controversial aspect of these rules is to force websites to pay to snippet content from another website. A prime example is Google News, which publishes the headline and a small snippet from articles.

Google just published a blog post about what it thinks the ramifications of such a rule will be. It concurs with what I wrote in September: such a move would mostly harm small publishers.

As a small publisher myself, I rely on Google News to help get my content in front of people who might otherwise not see it. Everyone sees the latest post from The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other major publications. Smaller publishers don’t have this luxury.

Beyond just the immediate eyeballs, Google News also helps me get my stories picked up by larger publications, which in turn send more traffic to this site.

I understand why large publishers have concerns about Google News. It has become the starting point for many people seeking news. As I wrote previously:

Big publications might be frustrated that people treat Google News as their news destination rather than going directly to the news site’s homepage. But there are huge societal benefits to this. I get much more diverse viewpoints on Google News than I do on a news site, whether that’s MSNBC or Fox News.

At the same time, some people are frustrated with Google search’s featured snippets. These are the boxes that sometimes show in search results that pull out at least part of the information you’re seeking:

These are the holy grail for most website owners right now. I hear from people who say the click-throughs from these featured snippets are very high. At the same time, some people don’t like how a searcher might get the answer they seek without visiting the site. SEO thought leader Rand Fishkin has been particularly vocal about how websites should be able to opt-out of these snippets.

And that gets me to a proposed resolution. Rather than making snippets–whether in news or search results–something that sites need to get permission to use, let’s make an opt-out standard. Sites can already opt out of being included in search results. Let’s add a couple of other options in robots.txt for opting out of certain types of snippets.

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Facebook Used VPN App to Collect Competitive Data on App Usage, According to Reports on Leaked Docs

Domain industry news - Wed, 2018-12-05 23:04

U.K. Parliament today released 250 pages of internal emails between Facebook and other tech companies regarding accessing user data through the social network's system. The documents were seized by British lawmakers last month as part of UK Parliament's inquiry into "fake news."

The documents released today, indicate that Facebook's VPN app, Onavo, was much more invasive than previously reported. "Facebook used Onavo to conduct global surveys of the usage of mobile apps by customers, and apparently without their knowledge," says Damian Collins, chairman of the committee tasked with investigating disinformation. "They used this data to assess not just how many people had downloaded apps, but how often they used them. This knowledge helped them to decide which companies to acquire, and which to treat as a threat."

"To be fair, Facebook does actually disclose that it is monitoring the data that Onavo collects, except in a fluffier way," writes Evan Niu from Motley Fool. It says: "Because we're part of Facebook, we also use this info to improve Facebook products and services, gain insights into the products and services people value, and build better experiences."

Facebook in its response today argues that websites and apps have used tools like Onavo for market research services for years. "We use Onavo, App Annie, comScore, and publicly available tools to help us understand the market and improve all our services."

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Microsoft’s New Study Reports Over 162 Million in US Lack Broadband, FCC Says Only 24.7 Million

Domain industry news - Wed, 2018-12-05 22:16

A new study by Microsoft researchers suggests the actual use of high-speed internet across the US is quite different than those of from the FCC. New York Times' Steve Lohr writes: "Microsoft concluded that 162.8 million people do not use the internet at broadband speeds, while the F.C.C. says broadband is not available to 24.7 million Americans. The discrepancy is particularly stark in rural areas. ... Telecommunications experts and some politicians have pointed to the shortcomings of the official F.C.C. statistics for years. Last year, the agency began a formal review, still in progress, of how to improve its broadband measurements."

Why the discrepancy: "The issue with the current F.C.C. statistics, experts say, is that they rely on simplistic surveys of internet service providers that inherently overstate coverage. ... The Microsoft researchers instead looked at the internet speeds of people using the company's software and services..."

The big plan: Broadband expansion naturally helps tech companies including Microsoft to expand their market. And Microsft to that effect has a plan. Company President, Brad Smith, in a post this week, urges that broadband gap is a solvable issue and that Microsoft believes "TV white spaces technology can be a game changer for rural America."

— "We're confident that using a mixed model that combines wireless technologies including 4G and TV white spaces, traditional fiber-based connectivity, and satellite coverage can dramatically reduce the cost and time of extending broadband access to rural communities across America."

— Don't count on 5G. "[G]given the nature of the spectrum on which 5G relies, it's not likely to soon reach the rural areas that currently lack broadband access," says Smith. "For example, today 13 percent of Americans using mobile devices still can't even access 4G technology."

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Smart Phone Sales Have Shifted From the Plateau Phase to a Decline

Domain industry news - Wed, 2018-12-05 20:48

It looks like the smartphone party has come to an end. The slow down which began in the 2013/2014 timeframe has shifted to decline phase with fewer smartphones sold in 2017 as compared to the 2016 numbers. "Every smartphone manufacturer is now facing a world where, at best, they can hope for single-digit growth in smartphone sales — and many seem to be preparing for a world where they face declines," Jake Swearingen reports in New York Media's Intelligencer.

— "In 2017, per the International Data Corporation, global shipments of smartphones declined year-over-year for the first time in history. In 2018, IDC says the same thing happened in the U.S. market. "We are at market saturation rates of 90 to 100 percent in many developed markets," says Ryan Reith, program vice-president at IDC."

— "For manufacturers, the next decade will likely be a great shakeout, with some old guard names leaving the market, some newer brands becoming ascendant, and the winners acquiring and stripping the losers for parts."

On the other had, IDC predicts the introduction of 5G smartphones in the second half of 2019 can ramp up growth across many regions in 2020. Earlier this year IDC projected 5G smartphone volumes to account for roughly 7% of all smartphones in 2020 or 212 million in total. "The share of 5G devices should grow to 18% of total volumes by 2022."

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Jon Nevett named new CEO of PIR (.Org)

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-12-05 20:00

Donuts co-founder will lead the .org registry.

Jon Nevett, new CEO of Public Interest Registry.

Jon Nevett has been named the new CEO of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit that runs the .org top level domain name. Nevett will take over for Jay Daley, who was the interim CEO after Brian Cute left.

Nevett left Donuts–a company he co-founded–in October. Since then, rumors have been swirling that Nevett would take over the top job at PIR. He was the first person people named when I asked around at the ICANN meeting in Barcelona that month. The timing of his departure could have been attributed to Abry Partners acquiring Donuts, but Nevett’s background and sudden availability made him a front-runner.

It seems like a good fit for both Nevett and PIR. Nevett has a unique combination of experience with both the policy and business sides of running top level domain names. This will come in handy at PIR, a non-profit that effectively reports up (and donates its proceeds) to Internet Society.

Nevett has a law degree from Harvard and an undergraduate degree from Binghamton University. He already lives in Washington, D.C., where PIR is located.

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Donuts Co-Founder Jonathon Nevett Named CEO of .ORG Operator Public Interest Registry

DN Journal - Wed, 2018-12-05 20:00
PIR, the nonprofit operator of the .org domain, today announced that industry veteran Jonathon Nevett will be its new President and CEO.
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Popular Chinese IDN to increase prices 25x

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-12-05 15:29

Higher price tag applies only to registrations made after March 15, 2019.

The registry for .在线 (xn--3ds443g – “Dot Chinese Online”) is hiking prices by about 25 times for new registrations starting March 15, 2019.

TLD Registry, which operates two Chinese IDN top level domains, confirmed the price hike to Domain Name Wire.

The wholesale price for .在线 will increase from $7.88 to $200.00. It applies to new domain name registrations starting March 15 as well as renewals of those new registrations. Renewals of registrations made before the price increase are grandfathered at the lower price.

There are nearly 50,000 .在线 domains registered.

TLD Registry raised the price on its other TLD–.中文网 (xn--fiq228c5hs – “Dot Chinese Website”)–from $26.00 to $78.00 a couple of years ago.

Arto Isokoski, CEO of TLD Registry, explained that the new price increase “would fulfill the future margin needs of our channel partners and align with a strategy that will rely more on business to business salespeople talking with their customers and our target market.”

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GMO is sending expired domains to GoDaddy Auctions

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-12-05 14:01

GoDaddy Auctions has landed another top 10 domain registrar.

GoDaddy Auctions has apparently picked up another registrar partner for its expired domain auctions: GMO. GMO domains are currently listed in GoDaddy’s expired domain auctions.

GMO is a Japan-based registrar and is one of the top ten domain registrars in the world in terms of .com domains registered. The registrar has about 2 million .com domains under management.

This new addition means that GoDaddy is monetizing at least some of the expired domain inventory from half of the top ten registrars. It also has partnerships with Tucows, Endurance International Group, and Namecheap.

Earlier this week Web.com announced that it had bought out its partner Tucows and is now the sole owner of NameJet. NameJet currently sells expired inventory from Web.com registrars Network Solutions and Register.com as well as inventory from Enom, which is owned by Tucows.

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Afilias files for Independent Review on .Web, further delaying domain name

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-12-04 19:10

It’s still going to be a long time before .web domain names are available to register.

Following a lengthy ICANN process and failed lawsuit filed by Donuts, Afilias has filed a complaint about .Web under ICANN’s Independent Review Process.

Here’s the backstory:

Nu Dot Co, a business founded by .Co’s founders, applied for the .web top level domain. At some point after applying, Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) decided it wanted to own .web and worked out a deal with Nu Dot Co in which Nu Dot Co would bid in the auction and Verisign would then buy the top level domain from it.

Nu Dot Co won the auction for $135 million, which was the amount of the second highest bid placed by Afilias.

Donuts subsequently sued, upset that Nu Dot Co pushed for an ICANN auction-of-last-resort in which the losers didn’t get to split the proceeds. Donuts lost its battle.

After Donuts exhausted its options, Afilias picked up the baton and filed for cooperative engagement with ICANN. Now it has escalated to the Independent Review Process.

In its filing, Afilias wrote:

…by failing to implement faithfully the New gTLD Program Rules, ICANN is enabling VeriSign to acquire the .WEB gTLD, the next closest competitor to VeriSign’s monopoly, and in so doing has eviscerated one of the central pillars of the New gTLD Program: to introduce and promote competition in the Internet namespace in order to break VeriSign’s monopoly.

It’s worth noting that neither Donuts nor Afilias filed complaints over an auction for .blog that had similar circumstances. The only differences were that it was a private auction and Automattic (WordPress) backed the winner.

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Strange Email Used to Inform Marriott Customers About the Massive Data Breach

Domain industry news - Tue, 2018-12-04 17:45

Millions of email warnings were sent out by Marriot on Friday to warn customers about the massive data breach which has affected close to half a billion guest data. However the particular domain name used for the email address seemed odd and not quite assuring that it came from Marriott. "Marriott sent its notification email from 'email-marriott.com,' which is registered to a third party firm, CSC, on behalf of the hotel chain giant," Zack Whittaker reports in TechCrunch. "[T]there was little else to suggest the email was at all legitimate — the domain doesn't load or have an identifying HTTPS certificate. In fact, there's no easy way to check that the domain is real, except a buried note on Marriott's data breach notification site that confirms the domain as legitimate. ... what makes matters worse is that the email is easily spoofable." No response has been received from Marriott at the time of this reporting.

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Uniregistry is now Uni

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-12-04 17:26

Domain name registrar changes to shorter name.

Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry has changed its brand name to simply Uni.

The move coincided with the launch of a new app last week that makes it easy for users to get email or create a website.

On November 28, the company filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for Uni for several services including domain names, email and web hosting.

Intriguingly for a domain name company, it does not own Uni.com. That domain is owned by an Italian non-profit. For now, the website is still at Uniregistry.com.

While the logo on Uniregistry.com has changed to Uni, you’ll still find references to Uniregistry throughout the site and in emails the company sends.

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Tutorial: How to retrieve a list of your GoDaddy Domains

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-12-04 16:13

Alvin Brown provides a tutorial on retrieving a list of domains from your GoDaddy account using GoDaddy’s API.

If you’re not familiar with GoDaddy’s Application Programming Interface (API), then you’re missing out on a great opportunity to streamline the management of your GoDaddy domain portfolio.

Why would anyone ever consider using GoDaddy’s API to manage my domain portfolio when GoDaddy provides a user-friendly Domain Manager experience?  That’s the question I hope to reveal and answer in today’s tutorial.

While GoDaddy’s user experience has greatly improved throughout the years (with additional areas for improvement to realize), GoDaddy’s API offers management opportunities for the following areas of interest:

This tutorial will focus on the Domains API section, specifically the GET Domains method — Retrieve a list of Domains for the specified Shopper.

Integrate the Domains method with a landing page and database using a bit of elbow grease, and you could be well on your way to creating a simple domain inquiry tracking system, or at the very least a backup for your domain portfolio.

Getting started

Before diving into this tutorial, be sure you have access to the following:

  • A web host environment or localhost environment, preferably Linux hosting
  • A GoDaddy Developer account (sign up)
  • GoDaddy API Credentials (see here)
  • A text editor (Notepad++, Sublime, TextWrangler, Dreamweaver, Notepad)

If you encounter issues setting up or logging into your GoDaddy Developer account, watch this video.

You’ll also need to become familiar with learning to use PHP curl to execute GoDaddy API calls.

To get started with this tutorial, open a text editor of your choice, name and save the following php file: domains.php.

Once the domains.php file is created, define a variable named domains and set it equal to the function we’ll soon discuss: getDomains();.

$domains = getDomains();

Retrieve a list of Domains using GoDaddy API

To retrieve a list of domains using GoDaddy’s API, I’ve chosen to create a function and have given it the name getDomains. Functions are quite helpful in regards to making code more portable and easily managed.

In the case of the getDomains function, it’ll contain PHP and cURL to instantiate the GoDaddy API call to retrieve a list of domains from your GoDaddy account.

I won’t cover all the nitty-gritty details of executing a GoDaddy API call using PHP.  However, there is no need to fear.  A tutorial exists to help get you acclimated: Getting Started With GoDaddy API Using PHP.

As for the specifics of the getDomains function, take a moment to review the first method of the Domains API via GoDaddy’s API Documentation.

The Domains API method contains the following parameters that act as filters when retrieving the list of domains from your GoDaddy account:

X-Shopper-Id – This parameter is the shopper id or account id of the respective account domains are being retrieved.  Although listed as a parameter, this parameter is not set as a query parameter.  The authentication or authorization process we’ll soon discuss replaces the X-Shopper-Id.

statuses – Set this parameter to return domains of a certain status.  There are over 224 available values to select from.  For this tutorial, use ‘ACTIVE’ as the value status value.  See documentation for full list of values.

statusGroupsOnly – Set this parameter to return domains from specified groups.  There are five different values for this field: INACTIVE, PRE_REGISTRATION, REDEMPTION, RENEWABLE, VERIFICATION_ICANN, and VISIBLE.  For this tutorial, a value is not set for this parameter.

limit – Set this parameter for the maximum number of domains to be returned.  For this tutorial, use ‘5’ or another integer as the value.  To return all domains, simply do not set a value for this parameter or forgo using the parameter.

marker – Set this parameter to offset results using a domain.  If you have hundreds of domains in your account, then this parameter could come in handy if you want to return domains after a certain domain. For this tutorial, a value is not set for this parameter.

includes – Set this parameter to include optional details about domains in the response.  The available values for this parameter are as follows: authCode, contacts, nameServers.  For this tutorial, a value is not set for this parameter.

modifiedDate – Set this parameter to only include results that have been modified since a specified date.  For this tutorial, a value is not set for this parameter.

Now that parameter options have been identified, it’s time to define and set the values accordingly.  Set the statuses and limit parameters to the following values using PHP variables status and limit respectively:

$status = ‘Active’;

$limit = ‘5’;

Using GoDaddy’s API Documentation, define a url variable and its value to be the base API url to retrieve domains with status and limit variables and their respective values appended to the url as query parameters.

$url = “https://api.godaddy.com/v1/domains?statuses=$status&limit=$limit”;

Next, change {API_KEY} and {API_SECRET} values to be your respective API credentials.  Generate an API key and secret to be used when instantiating and authorizing GoDaddy API calls.

Once API key and secret credentials are in place, the API call can be made to request and retrieve a list of active domains associated with your GoDaddy account.

The API call is made using PHP’s built-in cURL method.  The getDomains function returns a decoded json response object (i.e., dn variable returned at end of function) — think a list of your specified domains — containing domains.

Error checking and parsing domain response

While you likely don’t need to add error checking, it’s always in your best interest too.  To do so, I use an if else statement to check for errors by simply checking the response from the domains variable that is set equal to the getDomains function.

If the domains variable has an object key set for code, this means an error of some sort occurred when instantiating the GoDaddy API call request.

Within the if statement, simply explode and parse the response data for the message object key to obtain and display a human-readable error message. Feel free to refer to GoDaddy’s API Documentation for additional explanation and definition of each error.

Within the else statement, I can proceed to parse the response data and display the following attributes for each domain:

  • createdAt
  • domain
  • domainId
  • expirationProtected
  • expires
  • holdRegistrar
  • locked
  • nameServers
  • privacy
  • renewAuto
  • renewDeadline
  • renewable
  • status
  • transferProtected

Most of the aforementioned attributes are intuitive and somewhat self explanatory.  Feel free to refer to GoDaddy’s API Documentation for additional explanation and definition of each attribute.

For this tutorial, I display only the domain name immediately followed by a line break using and echoing the msg variable to the web browser.

Time to test your technical chops

Well, you’ve endured to the end!  Now it’s time to test your technical chops.

The code in its entirety should lie similar to the gd-domains.php file contained in the YourGoDaddyDomains.zip file.

DOWNLOAD YourGoDaddyDomains.zip

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO ADD YOUR RESPECTIVE GODADDY API CREDENTIALS OR THIS TUTORIAL WILL NOT WORK!

Download, extract, and save the gd-domains.php file to an accessible web directory. Open gd-domains.php via a web browser (just like how you would visit a web page – http://yourdomain/gd-domains.php).

Once gd-domains.php is opened and executed via a web browser, your web browser should display a list of domains identical to domains listed in your GoDaddy account.

Closing Thoughts

I hope this and previous tutorials spark your interest as well as ideas for how GoDaddy’s API can be used to become more efficient and effective in managing your domain portfolio external of GoDaddy’s native user interface and experience.

As I stated in the opening, integrating a landing page and database with this tutorial provides an opportunity to create a simple domain inquiry tracking system, or a backup of your domain portfolio at least.

In closing, please do not hesitate to leave me questions, comments, or propose ideas for future tutorials using GoDaddy’s API.

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