Earlier we gave you the layman’s guide to name collision–luckily, String Confusion Objections don’t require nearly as much technical knowledge. The basic challenges involved are those we have seen many times in the legal system over dozens of issues: How to create and uniformly apply an essentially quantitative yes-or-no definition to something that is essentially qualitative and subjective?

Analyzing new TLD string objection panelists
DomainNameWire.com
By Andrew Allemann, August 29, 2013

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The New Yorker introduced their readers to the upcoming gTLDs – kind of similar to our infographic from a few weeks ago:

The Great Internet Land Grab
The New Yorker
By Brittany Shoot, August 28, 2013

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As you all probably know by now, the New York Times was hacked this week, apparently by the Syrian Electronic Army. Now that you know what a DNS is, the WSJ’s explanation of how will make more sense to you.

Security ‘Misstep’ Left Times Vulnerable
The Wall Street Journal
By Joel Schectman, August 28, 2013

The attack that was made possible because the Times “did not lock access to its domain name system registry. Locking the domain would have prevented any changes to the address without a second authentication from the Times, or their administrator. DNS links a website’s everyday URL to an underlying numerical name. The hackers were able to direct visitors to the New York Times site to an unrelated numerical destination.”

…and the explanation of how to prevent something like this from happening to you will make more sense as well:

NYT hactivist attack shows need for registry locking
ComputerWeekly.com
By Warwick Ashford, August 30, 2013

“Twitter was also targeted by the SEA, but impact was minimal because the attackers were unable to change DNS settings because the microblogging site has a registry lock in place. …Security firm Rapid7 notes that in the immediate aftermath of the SEA attack on the NYT site, several unlocked domains at Melbourne IT rushed to put registry locks in place, including Starbucks. Failure to put registry locks in place puts any company, its customers and its brand at risk, and yet this threat can be blocked for under $100.”

Hopefully NYTimes.com doesn’t also forget to renew their domain name, as so many companies do–with their own and with other domains that use their trademarks. (If you’ve been following us for a while, you recognize this as our ongoing reminder to register your trademark with the Trademark Clearing House so that you get alerted if anyone is attempting to register a domain that should be yours!)

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Finally, anyone going to South By Southwest this year? Now is the time to vote on some domain-related panels that might interest you.

Five domain name sessions pitched for SXSW 2014
DomainNameWire.com
By Andrew Allemann, August 26, 2013

Voting for which panels will make the cut at next year’s SXSW Interactive conference is underway. I identified four five submissions this year that are related to the domain name industry. Voting ends September 6. ..