Airline Uses a .WS To Make a URL Strictly out of Emojis

Adweek published an article about an airline that was trying to reach millenials, They decided to use a .WS in the campaign and make the url entirely out of Emojis. From the article: Norwegian Airlines decided its target millennial audience was probably up to the challenge, though, so earlier this week it partnered with several Danish influencers on Instagram to spread the cryptic URL … [Read more...]

China Denies Any Involvement in Cyber Attack on

An article on says that China has denied they had any involvement in a cyberattack on The crazy thing is that the hackers were in's system for over a year. From the article: China has denied involvement in a cyberattack on, which manages more than 2 million domain names worldwide, Reuters reported. The Financial Times reported earlier this … [Read more...]

North Korean Registrant Holding hostage

According to the Daily Squib a North Korean hacker has registered one of their names, and its a .mobi of all things. The satirical website is having a little fun with someone in North Korea registering their name in .mobi. LONDON – England – You’ve got to hand it to those pesky North Koreans, they have now acquired one of our domain names and we have no chance of ever getting it back. Is … [Read more...]

FairWinds Tells Fortune 500 Clients To Pay Attention to Domain Hacks: Only 3 Out Of 500 Own Them

Brand Protection company Fairwinds in a blog post today,  told it big brands clients, the Fortune 500 companies they represent to pay attention to and try to acquire  domain hacks. For those that don't know a domain hack is a domain spelled out using the letters of a ccTLD and soon some new gTLD's that form words. Domain names like which is owned by Microsoft in support of its Bing … [Read more...]

Google’s Matt Cutts: Not All ccTLD’s Are Created Equally In Generic Search Rankings

There is a very interesting video posted on from Matt Cutts of Google who answered the question about how ccTLD's are viewed by Google especially when they are being used as domain hacks. Here is the question: ""We have a vanity domain ( that unfortunately isn't one of the generic TLDs, which means we can't set our geographic target in Webmaster Tools. Is there any … [Read more...]

TRAFFIC Opens Up Submissions For The Live Domains Auction Including Pay For Submission Domains

According an email sent out by the organizers of the TRAFFIC conference they are formally opening up submission for the live domain name auction that will be held at the conference. Like last year there are several ways to get you domain submitted into the auction. Either have one of the most saleable domain based on reserve pricing or use the "Guaranteed Placement Program" IN announcing … [Read more...]

Is Apple Going To Go With A Hack? Report Says Yes:

According to MacRumors", Apple might use a domain hack for its new iTunes Ping program. The story says that Apple which has has owned the domain name hack of the hack of,  since December 2006, when it was registered by Mark Monitor, could windup using its as a link shortener for its new Ping product links for Twitter. currently forwards to If true this would mark … [Read more...]