ICANN Update: February 2014

Please see below for our monthly summary of the latest ICANN news:

.uk To Launch 10 June 2014

The registry operator for the UK will launch the .uk TLD in June. The new domain will be automatically reserved for existing registrants when it launches on 10 June 2014. So, if you have a unique .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk address, the shorter and more attractive .uk will be reserved for you for free up until 10 June 2019, as long as your domain remains registered.

To check which domains you are entitled to please visit: http://www.dotuklaunch.co.uk/rights-lookup-tool

First Squatting Case in New gTLDs

IBM has filed the first two Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) cases under the new gTLDs. After the general availability launch of .guru and .ventures, it became apparent that someone had registered domains identical to IBM. We expect targeted and unintentional cybersquatting to increase in the short term and brands need to ensure that they have access to blocking products, such as Donuts DPML.

High Profile Hacking Continues

Some major online brands have recently had the registrant details of their domains changed by the Syrian Electronic Army. Ordinarily, the websites would have been brought down and redirected. However, the registrants had applied a “Registry Lock” on their domains which prevents unauthorized transfers and updates. With hackers becoming even more advanced, the simple addition of Registry Lock can prove to be the last line of defense.

Next ICANN Meeting

The Internet community will meet in Singapore in March, with Internet Governance firmly on the agenda. We will provide live updates via Twitter, as well as a round-up after the event. If you are visiting, please get in touch and meet our team on the ground.