Feds Mirroring Commercial Websites for Encryption

Private and public sector organizations share a common goal in hosting Internet websites: making sure that connections with customers and citizens are secure. Google and Mozilla, for example, are among many entities promoting Internet security via the adoption of Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure technology, or HTTPS, versus the basic and less secure HTTP technology …

Ransomware variant Samas RansomWorm is wreaking havoc on unsuspecting computers

Samas RansomWorm, a ransomware variant  is infiltrating unsuspecting machines, gaining its name from its unusual propagation characteristics. Whereas traditional ransomware only encrypts the machine the attacker is controlling, RansomWorm propagates inside throughout the entire network to encrypt every server and computer—and the backups. According to research from Javelin Networks, it executes what it calls the …

Donald Trump owns a record 3,643 websites, mostly defensive domains

CNNMoney investigated 20 years of internet records using DomainTools, which tracks registrations and transfers. Some are obvious choices he acquired long ago, like TrumpOrganization.com and TrumpBuilding.org. The recently elected 45th US President Donald Trump has a vast online portfolio of domain names — digital addresses that foreshadowed his political career, business projects and accusations of …

.blog Landrush: Domain open to the general public as of 21 November

WordPress.com owner Automattic is making .blog available to the general public as of 21 November, following a somewhat controversial landrush period. Earlier this month, the registry opened domain registrations to non-trademark owners for the seven-day landrush period, but was accused of pre-registering and keeping the best keywords for itself. Automattic responded to the criticism on …

.shop domains go live

More than 600 new generic top-level domains—the characters that appear after the dot in website addresses—have been released to the public since 2014, but few have been of broad interest to online retailers. The addition of  .shop and .shopping may spark retailers’ interest. Both go on sale to the general public later this month—.shop on …

South Africa’s ZACR reportedly suspends thousands of org.za domains

South Africa’s ZA Central Registry (ZACR) the company tasked with administering second-level domains of the .ZA namespace  that includes .org.za has reportedly suspended thousands of org.za domains this week due to them not being transferred from a legacy system to ZACR-accredited Registrars. The suspended domains all org.za names that had not migrated across to new Registrars  …