SPOTLIGHT:

CSC Alerts Companies To Increased DNS Hijacking

CSC joins the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the UK National Cyber Security Centre, and other leading security organizations—including Cisco® Talos, FireEye®, and Akamai—in alerting corporations and the public to the recent widespread, state-sponsored domain name system (DNS) hijacking attacks. The targets of these recent attacks include government, corporate, telecommunication, and infrastructure entities resulting in website and email redirection to collect sensitive information. We urge companies to stay vigilant and employ security protocols to reduce exposure. Read the full Press Release here!

Launch of .INC Postponed

The registry for .inc rescheduled their launch originally slated for January 16, 2019. The Sunrise phase for .inc will now begin on March 27, 2019, and run through April 30, 2019. General Availability immediately follows, starting on April 30. The first seven days of General Availability comprise the Early Access Program (EAP). All other launch requirements remain the same. All phases are first come, first serve. For more information, please contact your Client Service Partner.

XYZ Registry Announces 2 New TLDs

Two existing TLDs found a new home with XYZ Registry. The registry announced plans for .baby and .monster, which were both recently acquired.

The .baby TLD is already available for registration, but the registry plans to eliminate registration restrictions and release hundreds of previously reserved names. Changes for .baby are scheduled for April 1, 2019.

XYZ also acquired .monster, which was previously a .brand and closed to general registrations. An official Sunrise phase for .monster begins on February 18, 2019, and runs through March 20, 2019.  General Availability immediately follows, starting on March 21. The first seven days of General Availability comprise the Early Access Program (EAP).

More launch details will be communicated as information becomes available. If you have any questions or interest in either TLD, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.

.monster

.UK

.basketball

.bot

.rugby

.mt

Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)

Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
 Sunrise
.monster 18-Feb-2019 18-Mar-2019 Yes XYZ Registry
.inc 27-Mar-2019 26-Apr-2019 Yes Intercap Holdings Inc.
 Early Access Phase (EAP)
.monster 21-Mar-2019 25-Mar-2019 Yes XYZ Registry
 General Availability
.monster 1-Apr-2019 N/A Yes XYZ Registry
.bot (date tentative) 1-Apr-2019 N/A Yes Amazon Registry Services Inc.

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.

Weekly Launch Guide March 11, 2019