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Wireless Modem Domain Gets Hacked

When Metricom’s was hacked recently, ‘e-vandals’ didn’t bother with the servers, instead going after the DNS (Domain Name System) housed by Network Solutions. Hackers redirected Metricom’s web traffic from to pornographic sites and caused emails sent by users of their wireless modems to bounce. The website and email was restored and fully [...] Continue reading


eToys Tries To Settle With eToy

The online toy company,, has been involved in lawsuits and counter lawsuits against a Swiss art company, eToy, over the domain name, which is home to graphically questionable material. The art company said they would drop their lawsuit, but would not give eToys any control over the content or domain, nor would [...] Continue reading


Microsoft Receives Charity to Restore Hotmail

Over the Christmas weekend, many Hotmail users would have been without service if not for Michael Chaney, who paid the registration renewal fee for, the main domain used by Hotmail to log in users. Chaney claimed that he had trouble getting his email and saw that had been placed on hold by Network [...] Continue reading


Sports Leagues Lash Out At ‘Cybersquatters’

A coalition between the national sports leagues is filing a lawsuit (with several more planned) against the owners of such sites as and for trademark infringement. The owner of these domains, Canadian Jeff Burgar, uses the names to sell vanity email addresses. [...] Continue reading


Glitches in Domain Registration System Found

Network Solutions lost their monopoly on the domain registration business, but retained their duty to maintain the data system. The data system has gone down several times, causing registries to fail, since ICANN made it possible for registrars to compete with Network Solutions. Still, ICANN is happy with the overall success of the system. [...] Continue reading


Long Domain Names Causes Gold Rush

Thousands of new domain names are being registered with the intention of reselling the names after some registrars raised their character limit from 22 characters long to 67 characters long. Melbourne IT was one of the first to change their limit, giving them a competitive edge over and Network Solutions. [...] Continue reading


New 67 Character Domain Names Might Be Available Soon

Internet Domain Registrars ( introduced a plan today that would lengthen the current 26 character limit on domain names to 67 characters. is one of the first few registrars that were set up to compete with Network Solutions, which until recently held a monopoly on the domain name registration process. [...] Continue reading

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