Re: [ga] Internationalized Domain Names deployed
This is exactly the motivation behind guideline development
(http://www.icann.org/general/idn-guidelines-20jun03.htm) -- the RFCs by
themselves provide the opportunity for mischief as you suggest. Registries
have to consider the "on-the-street" realities with implementation of IDNs
... which include conflicts in IP, TM and in IDN vs. non-IDN registrations
(see points 3, 4, 5 of the guidelines)
----- Original Message -----
From: "George Kirikos" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 2:54 PM
Subject: [ga] Internationalized Domain Names deployed
> See the announcement at:
> Reading the RFCs, I think a lot of folks should be worried about the
> security implications, as abusers will be able to register domains that
> use characters that are indistinguishable to the naked eye, due to the
> extended character sets in the internationalized domain names.
> E.g. you might get an email purporting to be from Microsoft, AOL, AT&T,
> your ISP, etc., and to the naked eye the email address and web
> addresses look perfectly legitimate -- instead, they redirect you to a
> site designed to steal your credit card details or passwords....
> I expect a backlash, once the IP community and Business Constituencies,
> amongst others, begin to see the abuses.
> Be afraid, be very afraid....
> George Kirikos
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