Monday, 30 June 2014
Several no-ip.com domains seized by Microsoft
This seems to have had the effect of taking down any sites using these dynamic DNS services. This will probably impact a lot of things like webcams, home security systems, personal VPNs any anything else that uses these domains.
Usually this happens when Microsoft gets a court order prior to legal proceedings. Now, although these domains are widely abused it is not no-ip.com themselves doing the abusing. I do recommend that businesses block access to dynamic DNS sites because of the high level of abuse, but I do feel that it something that network administrators should choose for themselves.
UPDATE 1: Microsoft's statements on the takedowns is here along with details of an accompanying lawsuit targeting Mohamed Benabdellah, Naser Al Mutairi and Vitalwerks Internet Solutions LLC (who operate no-ip.com).
UPDATE 2: The Nevada lawsuit mentioned above also includes some domains that I have added in italics. Also, the domain noip.me has been seized which is specifically excluded from the Nevada lawsuit, which indicates that legal action has also been taken in Montenegro which indicates just how pissed-off Microsoft are.