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Microsoft takes 22 domain names from NO-IP

Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:12 AM

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We have been in contact with Microsoft today. They claim that their intent is to only filter out the known bad hostnames in each seized domain, while continuing to allow the good hostnames to resolve. However, this is not happening. Apparently, the Microsoft infrastructure is not able to handle the billions of queries from our customers. Millions of innocent users are experiencing outages to their services because of Microsoft’s attempt to remediate hostnames associated with a few bad actors.


Wow, talk about botching a situation. It's as if all of these PR failures have taught Microsoft nothing.

I know that NO-IP was big years ago. Is anyone here using NO-IP? Is anyone here being effected by this?

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Re: Microsoft takes 22 domain names from NO-IP

Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:18 AM

Heh.. did they not show up to court?

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On June 19, Microsoft filed for an ex parte temporary restraining order (TRO) from the U.S. District Court for Nevada against No-IP. On June 26, the court granted our request and made Microsoft the DNS authority for the company’s 23 free No-IP domains, allowing us to identify and route all known bad traffic to the Microsoft sinkhole and classify the identified threats


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Our research revealed that out of all Dynamic DNS providers, No-IP domains are used 93 percent of the time for Bladabindi-Jenxcus infections, which are the most prevalent among the 245 different types of malware currently exploiting No-IP domains. Microsoft has seen more than 7.4 million Bladabindi-Jenxcus detections over the past 12 months, which doesn’t account for detections by other anti-virus providers. Despite numerous reports by the security community on No-IP domain abuse, the company has not taken sufficient steps to correct, remedy, prevent or control the abuse or help keep its domains safe from malicious activity.

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Re: Microsoft takes 22 domain names from NO-IP

Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:21 AM

I don't think it was a matter of NO-IP not showing up, it's that they went straight to court rather than discussing the situation first. As NO-IP's statement reads : "Microsoft never contacted us or asked us to block any subdomains, even though we have an open line of communication with Microsoft corporate executives."
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:34 AM

From what I remember - those guys were not doing much, so they were taken to court over with liberal applications of the computer abuse laws..

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In a civil case filed on June 19, Microsoft named two foreign nationals, Mohamed Benabdellah and Naser Al Mutairi, and a U.S. company, Vitalwerks Internet Solutions, LLC (doing business as No-IP.com), for their roles in creating, controlling, and assisting in infecting millions of computers with malicious software—harming Microsoft, its customers and the public at large.


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Plaintiff Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) has filed a complaint for injunctive and other relief pursuant to: (1) the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. § 1030);(2) the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act(15 U.S.C. § 1125); (3) Nevada’sUnlawful ActsRegarding Computers and Information Services(
N.R.S. § 205.4765); and the common law of(4)trespass to chattels, (5) conversion,and (6) negligence. Microsoft has moved ex parte for an emergency temporary restraining order and an order to show cause why a preliminary injunction should not be granted pursuant

http://www.noticeofl...20flattened.pdf

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Re: Microsoft takes 22 domain names from NO-IP

Posted 08 July 2014 - 04:15 AM

It looks like service was returned to NO-IP after a huge public backlash.

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Microsoft admitted Tuesday it made a technical error after it commandeered part of an Internet service’s network in order to shut down a botnet, but the Nevada-based company says its services are still down.
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In its civil suit, Microsoft alleged two foreign nationals, Mohamed Benabdellah of Algeria and Naser Al Mutairi of Kuwait, used No-IP’s service to facilitate the management of malware that steals sensitive data from people’s computers.
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No-IP maintains that it has worked with companies that reported abuse but “unfortunately, Microsoft never contacted us or asked us to block any subdomains,” according to a blog post on Monday.

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Despite the criticism, Microsoft claimed that its actions helped thwart the spread of widely-used remote access trojans njRAT and njw0rm. On Tuesday, Kaspersky Lab also revealed that Microsoft's takedown efforts disrupted other APT operations, including those leveraging sophisticated, cyber espionage malware Flame and HackingTeam surveillance software.

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While Microsoft's actions were carried out legally, many critics and users are taken aback by the company's heavy-handed move against the much smaller No-IP, spawning the #FreeNoIP hashtag in social networks.

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Re: Microsoft takes 22 domain names from NO-IP

Posted 08 July 2014 - 07:05 AM

Yup.. their temporary injunction was up. A little thrashing around, and hopefully some folk realized mission critical routing needs some backup plans. :)
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