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Monthly Bulletin: September 2017

We’re back with all the latest buzz from the Domains & Hosting industry. Read on to know all the key happenings that took place in September, 2017.

ICANN Announcements:

  • Registration Data Access Protocol Pilot Program Launch: On September 5th, 2017 ICANN announced a RDAP pilot program effective from that day until July 31st, 2018. This program helps users access current registration data and has been formulated to replace the WHOIS protocol.
  • Intercultural Awareness Program at ICANN 60: ICANN has taken up the initiative of developing cultural knowledge and awareness among a large number of people at their upcoming conference in Abu Dhabi on November 3rd. This program will include a bunch of activities like interaction, discussion and a lot more with experts from around the world. Register yourself today!
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Monthly Bulletin: August 2017

The Domain & Hosting market is extremely competitive and constantly evolving. In an effort to keep you updated with the key-happenings in the industry, here’s a look back at some of the major events that took place in the industry in August 2017.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

  • Hostopia acquires Australian Hosting provider, Digital Pacific: The two companies entered into an agreement valued at $52 million. These companies coming under one roof will create one of the largest private hosting firms in Australia.
  • SolarWinds MSP & SpamExperts Join Hands: SolarWinds MSP, a global leader in providing extensive IT service management solutions, acquired a global SaaS company – SpamExperts. This acquisition will boost SolarWinds MSP mail offerings and product portfolio.
  • DigiCert Takes Over Symantec Website Security & PKI Solutions: Symantec – the global leader in cyber security, reached a deal to sell its Website Security and Public Key Infrastructure solutions to security service provider, DigiCert. The agreement was closed at $950 million in cash and a 30 percent stock stake in DigiCert.
  • CentralNic acquires .SK operator: Domain name registry CentralNic has acquired SK-NIC for €26 million. This merger will provide support to the Slovakian internet community by offering more competitive services. This deal will further simplify the registration of .SK domains & will improve the system to satisfy their users.
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Locky Ransomware: The Saga of Ransomware Attacks Continues


August saw a new wave of spam emails being circulated with variants of the Locky ransomware. Reportedly, over 23 million emails of this nature have been sent under common subject lines such as “Please print”, “Documents”, “Scans”, “Photos”, “Pictures” and “Images” in just 24 hours. The perpetrators of this menace have been demanding a ransom of half a bitcoin, which is presently equivalent to $2,150, to install a special software which is supposed to be the “Locky decryptor”.

What is Locky?

First released in 2016, Locky is an email-based ransomware malware which is delivered through email attachments in the form of a .zip file, fake links to Dropbox locations and even fake voice mail messages. These files contain malicious ‘macros’ – a virus that is written in a programming language which is embedded inside a software application. What basically happens is that the user opens this attachment and finds a block of meaningless text. This text consists of a sentence that says – “Enable macro if data encoding is incorrect,” a social engineering technique. If the user opens these attachments, his/her machine becomes fully encrypted, leaving all information completely inaccessible.

Preventive Measures

Followed by WannaCry and Petya, Locky is touted to be one of the largest malware attacks in the second half of 2017. The threat of this malware seeping into the corporate networks is still looming over our heads and here’s what we can do to prevent it from crippling us: