Articles for April 1999

.NU Domain Ltd Shuts Down Rogue Web Site’s Name Servers

.NU Domain Ltd Shuts Down Rogue Web Site’s Name Servers

.NU Domain Ltd Invokes Strong Internet Policies Against Deceptive Use of Domain Names

SHERBORN, MA, April 21, 1999 — The .NU Domain Ltd, the fastest growing domain on the Internet, today announced that it has shut down domain name server support for a rogue Internet entrepreneur who has reportedly been copying legitimate web site addresses and pointing them to his pornographic web sites.  The company also put the rogue Internet entrepreneur on notice that all of the .NU domain names he has registered will be revoked if he does not publicly come forward and completely identify himself within 24 hours.

This Internet hacker has registered 25 domain names with the .NU Domain Ltd over the past few months.  He also signed up to use .NU Domain’s InstantWeb service for his domain name server support.

In addition to being the exclusive registrar for .NU domains on the Internet, .NU Domain Ltd offers an additional line of business called the InstantWeb, which helps small office/home office users get up on the Internet quickly and easily.

“By using our InstantWeb name servers to point to his real web site, the hacker had hoped to hide his Web’s location and keep it from being traced,” said J. William Semich, president of the .NU Domain Ltd.

However, by using an Internet Protocol (IP) address ‘who is’ lookup service at www.arin.net, similar to the lookup used to track down the Melissa hacker, the .NU Domain Ltd determined that the bogus web sites were actually being hosted by an ISP in Wisconsin.

The registrant of these 25 domain names, who has listed his name as Carlos Pereira and his location as Portugal, has been given 24 hours notice to verify the information in his domain name application.  If he can not do that, then the 25 domain names will be revoked completely.

The .NU Domain Ltd has provided information to the original complainant who’s web site has been hacked, on how to contact the ISP, in order for him to take action.

“This kind of use is a direct violation of the .NU Domain’s InstantWeb service’s anti-pornography policy,” said Semich. The .NU InstantWeb provides name server services, e-mail forwarding, web forwarding and mini web hosting services.  Its policy excludes the use of the InstantWeb for pornographic material.

In addition, the terms and conditions of use for registration of a .NU domain name requires that all contact information for registrants be complete and verifiable or the domain name risks being revoked.  The policy also precludes use of .NU domain names for any unlawful purpose, for spamming or for trademark violation (www.nunames.nu/pricing.htm).

“We began investigating this matter as soon as it was brought to our attention.  It is uncertain if the domain names are being used for unlawful purposes, but if that is proven by a responsible authority, the domain names will also be revoked immediately,” said Semich.

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd., a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s. (NASDAQ:NSOL) .com domain name.  The .NU Domain Ltd. targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process.  The .NU domain is the fastest growing TLD on the Internet. It has registered about 35,000 .NU domain names on the Internet during the past 20 months and registrations of .NU domain names have doubled in the past six months.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

The list of registered .NU domain names ranges from personal sites like the Black Velvet Dart Team in Sweden at www.blackvelvet.nu to names registered by large corporations including Dell Computer Corporation at www.dell.nu, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at www.renault.nu, Visa International at www.visa.nu, International Data Group Corp. at www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at www.coca-cola.nu, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at www.goodyear.nu, Hasbro, Inc. and Netscape Communication’s Corp.

.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address, and .NU InstantWeb Plus which is a complete Web package, including .NU Domain Name, Web Hosting or Web Forwarding and E-Mail forwarding capabilities. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.

Polynesian Premier Invites Swedish .NU Domain Vacation Winner to View the Last Sunset of 1999

Polynesian Premier Invites Swedish .NU Domain Vacation Winner to View the Last Sunset of 1999

Tiny Island-Nation of Niue, Just Miles from International Dateline in the South Pacific, is Last Place in the World to Usher Out the Millennium

ALOFI, NIUE, POLYNESIA and SHERBORN, MA, April 13, 1999 – Sani Lakatani, the Premier of the South Pacific island-nation of Niue, today announced that Mr. Patrik Algotsson of Sweden is the winner of the .NU Domain’s 1999 Polynesian Vacation Giveaway contest.  Mr. Algotsson registered sodrakarr.nu (http://www.sodrakarr.nu) as the web site for the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr.  Mr. Algotsson, who plays centerfield for the team and is co-owner of the Internet consulting firm Doberman Digital Agency in Karlskroma, Sweden, will receive a $10,000 ten-day expense-paid vacation for two in the Polynesian island of Niue (http://www.visit.nu).

Niue is the country associated with the two-letter “.NU” Top Level Domain (TLD), which is the fastest growing TLD in the world (http://www.nunames.nu).

Premier Lakatani invited Mr. Algotsson and a guest to schedule their free vacation to coincide with a NU Millennium New Year’s celebration in Niue.  “I’m inviting the winners to be one of only a few people in the world to see the last sunset of 1999,” he said.  Niue is only about 100 miles from the International Dateline, and will be virtually the last place on earth where the sun will set on the second Millennium, ushering in a NU Millennium with the year 2000.

The Polynesian Vacation Giveaway contest was jointly sponsored by .NU Domain Ltd, the only competitor to Network Solutions Inc.’s (NASDAQ NSOL) “.COM” Top Level Domain (TLD), and by the Internet Users Society – Niue (Internet Niue), the island nation’s nonprofit Internet Service Provider.

“Although Niue is one of the smallest nations in the world, it is also one of the worlds most beautiful scuba diving destinations, with miles of unspoiled coral and clear waters,” said Premier Lakatani, “and has excellent dolphin and whale watching opportunities.  The winners are in for an exciting experience.”

Premier Lakatani, who also serves as Minister of Tourism for Niue, said he expects the exposure given to Niue by the Polynesian Vacation Giveaway contest will help promote Niue as a preferred tropical vacation spot throughout the world.  “We don’t have millions of dollars to spend on promoting our wonderful island,” he said, “but we believe the increasing popularity and visibility of the .NU Domain name on the Internet will help tourists worldwide get to know us better.” During the contest period, .NU Domain Ltd purchased over 50 million banner ad impressions promoting the contest on leading Internet Web sites including AltaVista.com, GeoCities.com and Lycos.com

“The international response from this contest has been astonishing,” said J. William Semich, president and CEO of .NU Domain Ltd, the exclusive registry for the .NU domain name.  “We doubled our monthly registration rate during the event, and now have nearly 35,000 .NU domain names active on the Internet.”

“This successful contest has brought us another step forward in our goal to become the second largest TLD in the world,” he added.  .NU is already the third largest TLD in the Asia Pacific region, just behind Australia and Japan (http://www.domainstats.com/)

Mr. Algotsson receives an all-expense paid 10-day (9-nights) vacation trip for two to the island of Niue in the South Pacific, 1,200 miles northeast of New Zealand.  Mr. Algotsson and his guest will stay at the exclusive Matavai Resort in Niue, http://www.nunames.nu/visitniue/matavai.htm, and will be able to sample a wide range of exotic island foods, as well as spend days scuba diving (http://www.dive.nu), deep water fishing and exploring Niue’s coral caves and rain forests.

“I am thrilled about winning this fabulous vacation,” said Algotsson “The tranquility of the island combined with the water sports activities makes Niue a perfect place to vacation.” Algotsson created his web site for fans of the Södra Kärr floor ball team.  Fans can follow the team’s progress as well as monitor their matches online at http://www.sodrakarr.nu which broadcasts the matches play by play.  The English translation of the Södra Kärr’s Web site URL is “The South Swampers Now,” since the Swedish word “NU” means “NOW” in English.

Thousands of Swedish Web sites have started using the .NU Domain name in order to take advantage of that meaning.  “The .NU Domain name is becoming very popular in Sweden,” said Algotsson, “because it has a really cool meaning and stands out and gets noticed.  It’s much more interesting for a sports site or a small business like mine than using “.ORG” or “.COM.”

The 1999 Polynesian Vacation Giveaway winner was randomly selected from registrants of all currently active .NU Domains as well as thousands of entries received during the contest period, which ran from December 15, 1998 to March 31, 1999.  Users who either registered or renewed a .NU domain name at .NU Domain Ltd’s web site or through any .NU Domain Ltd registered partner were automatically qualified for the 1999 Polynesian Dream Vacation giveaway.  (See http://www.nunames.nu/contest/rules.htm for the contest rules)

Rising roughly 200 feet above the sea, partially covered with rain forest and dotted with caves and grottoes, the island of Niue is not only one of the world’s largest raised coral atolls, it’s one of the world’s smallest self-governing nations.  This tiny island, which sits in the South Pacific just south of Samoa and west of the Cook Islands, is known as “The Rock of Polynesia” by its regional neighbors and simply as “The Rock” by the 2,000 Niueans who live there.

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd., a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s (NASDAQ:NSOL) .com domain name.  The .NU Domain Ltd.  targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process.  The .NU domain is the fastest growing TLD on the Internet.  It has registered about 35,000 .NU domain names on the Internet during the past 20 months and registrations of .NU domain names have doubled in the past six months.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

The list of registered .NU domain names ranges from personal sites like the Black Velvet Dart Team in Sweden at http://www.blackvelvet.nu to names registered by large corporations including Dell Computer Corporation at http://www.dell.nu, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at http://www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at http://www.renault.nu, Visa International at http://www.visa.nu, International Data Group Corp.  at http://www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at http://www.coca-cola.nu, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  at http://www.goodyear.nu, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, http://www.pricewaterhousecoopers.nu, Hasbro, Inc. and Netscape Communication’s Corp.

.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address, and .NU InstantWeb Plus which is a complete Web package, including .NU Domain Name, Web Hosting or Web Forwarding and E-Mail forwarding capabilities.  You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu.