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Epson, HSBC Korea, domain registrar hacked: 100,000 domains affected

Summary: A number of Korean websites, including Epson, HSBC and domain registrar Gabia, have been hacked, apparently by Turkish hackers.

A series of hacks have hit the South Korean population, in a string of hacking attacks which have caused widespread disruption to the country’s state-run and privately operated firms.

South Korean domain registrar Gabia has been hacked, exposing over 100,000 domains and 350,000 users.

The website of HSBC Korea was also hacked, paralysing it for over an hour — leaving customers unable to access their online banking.

Epson Korea said that its website was hacked, and warned users to change their passwords.

The hacker, known as ‘TG’ defaced pages with their Twitter account and picture. It is thought in some cases, data may have been stolen and widespread disruption to services caused.

An anonymous source, believed to be the hacker himself, sent ZDNet a link to a PasteBin link — a site often used by hackers to leave media communications and leaked information — along with an image of the hacked domain registrar.


(Source: Anonymous tip)

After attempting to access some of the listed sites, many appear to be broken — displaying 404 error pages — or simply not loading. One report suggests that while personal data was not leaked, many connections from the domain registrar to users’ websites were disrupted.

South Korea has suffered many hacks as of late — with many concerned at the security of one of the world’s most Internet-connected country.

The state-run Korea Internet Security Agency has reported over 6,000 hacking incidents this year.

Last month, SK Communications said that two of its flagship websites — cyworld.com and nate.com — were hacked, exposing personal details of up to 35 million Koreans. Cyworld is the biggest social networking site in Korea, and Nate is the Bing-equivalent, taking third place in the search engine marketshare.

Considering the population of South Korea is just shy of 50 million, it is thought to be the largest hack the country has suffered to date.

As a result of the breach, SK Communications was forced to pay KRW 1 million ($925 USD) in fines.

Author: Zack Whittaker

Source : ZDnet.com

Google Wants to Take Down Goggle.com Web Site

Google goes after another “survey” site.

Google has filed a complaint with National Arbitration forum to get a hold of Goggle.com, Goggle.net, and Goggle.org.

While the domain names could be considered “generic” for the term Google, it’s the use of the domain names that has the company up in arms.

Similar to another recent complaint over YouTube.ph, these domains forward to a survey page that then entices users to complete a number of offers.

The current page doesn’t imitate Google’s logo, but that wasn’t always the case. The site used to have a logo with a similar font to Google (courtesy DomainTools historical thumbnails):

Source DomainNameWire.com

Amazon buys 12 new domains related to cloud video

Online retail giant Amazon recently purchased a dozen new domains related to “cloud video”, according to a report by Fusible.

It also reinforces the notion that the company is stepping up its efforts to become the top service for streaming video.

As VentureBeat has mentioned in the past, the online retail giant is quickly becoming the third major player in the realm of streaming video services behind Hulu and Netflix. However, Amazon is in a unique position to use its Prime Instant Video service to sell movies and TV shows, which makes it a far more attractive option for movie studios. Unlike Hulu and Netflix, the studios can reap profits from both streaming rights and digital sales.

The news comes on the heels of Amazon’s announcement that it now has over 100,000 streaming videos available to rent or purchase via its website — not to be confused with its library of 5,000 or so videos available on its Prime service, which is free to all Amazon Prime members.

We’ve speculated that Amazon could be intentionally blurring the distinction between its Prime library and its vast selection of videos available for rent or purchase because it has bigger plans. The dozen cloud video-related domain name purchases supports that theory.

Amazon hasn’t responded to VentureBeat’s request for additional comment about the company’s future strategy for streaming video.

Source venturebeat.com

.CN Update – Suspension of New Registrations for .CN

We regret to inform you CNNIC has informed Neustar that in order to implement a better methodology to verify registrant information from overseas registrations, they have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend new registrations from overseas registrars starting at: 

18:00 PM January 6, 2010 (Beijing time)
10:00 AM January 6, 2010 (GMT)
05:00 AM January 6, 2010 (EST)

Please note that our understanding is that this only affects NEW registrations.

Paris Wins Parvi.org in Disturbing Domain Name Arbitration Decision

Paris wins domain as arbitrator throws out “registration AND use” in bad faith.

In September I wrote about the city of Paris, France filing a UDRP against three domain names: WifiParis.com, Wifi-Paris.com, and Parvi.org. Paris was just handed a victory in the Parvi.org case; the other two cases are pending.

What’s disturbing about the Parvi.org case is that the panel found that the domain name was likely not registered in bad faith, but still handed the domain over on the basis that it was later used in bad faith.

Under the header “Reconsideration of the bad faith requirement”, arbitrator Andrew F. Christie cited previous cases decided by a “distinguished” panelist who found that domain names don’t need to be registered AND used in bad faith, as the UDRP states. Instead, this panelist decided that a domain not registered in bad faith could still violate the policy if it was later used in bad faith.

Christie writes:

The intent of the Policy is to provide a fair and efficient mechanism for trademark owners to obtain redress in situations where their trademark rights are abused as a result of bad faith activities of domain name registrants. There seems no reason in logic or in principle why the availability of redress should be confined to situations where bad faith is present at the time of acquisition of the domain name

Well, the policy is also supposed to provide a fair mechanism for domain name owners. That Paris filed two egregious cases of reverse domain name hijacking at the same time it filed the Parvi.org case should cause any panel to give the benefit of the doubt to the respondent.

Indeed, Christie doesn’t think the domain owner knew about the Parvi trademark at the time of his registration:

…Although it is certainly possible that the Respondent was aware of the Complainant’s PARVI trademark, and of the Complainant’s programs under that trademark, at the time the Respondent registered the domain name, this seems unlikely given the different geographical locations and native languages of the Complainant and the Respondent. Thus, this Panel is not satisfied, on the present record, of the probability that the Respondent registered the disputed domain name with the intention of benefiting from the Complainant’s PARVI trademark.

If the domain wasn’t registered in bad faith but was later used in a way to violate Paris’ trademark, its redress is in the courts, not UDRP. This sort wholesale change and expansion of UDRP by panelists is one of the reasons people are questioning the implementation of the policy. Whenever a panelist writes that his reasoning is “a logical and incremental evolution of panel thinking”, one should give pause.

Perhaps Andrew Christie is on a crusade to implement his vision on UDRP. He was also the presiding panelist on the Project.me case, which broke with precedent by suggesting that the top level domain should be considered part of the domain for trademark purposes.

Source DomainNameWire.com