Menu
No-IP regains control of some domains wrested by Microsoft

No-IP regains control of some domains wrested by Microsoft

But a spokeswoman said one of its main domains used for its services isn't available

A Nevada-based company has regained control of the majority of domains seized by Microsoft in a legal action aimed at shutting down botnets.

Vitalwerks, which runs No-IP, said it now has 18 of 23 domains commandeered by Microsoft on Monday using a restraining order granted by the state's federal court.

No-IP spokeswoman Natalie Goguen said Wednesday No-IP is waiting for Public Interest Registry, which controls all ".org" top-level domains, to make the rest of the company's domains available. She wrote that the company still does not control "no-ip.org," which is one of the company's most-used domains.

No-IP offers a free dynamic DNS service that updates DNS entries for a domain hosted on a computer that is assigned varying IP addresses by an ISP. A subdomain is assigned to a customer, and the DNS record is updated as a computer's IP address changes.

The company's services went offline Monday when Microsoft served it with the restraining order. Although Microsoft doesn't accuse No-IP of wrongdoing, it alleged the company failed to take prompt action when cybercriminals used its service for managing botnets, or networks of hacked computers.

Microsoft intended to simply filter out the botnet-related traffic from No-IP's domains. But a technical error knocked some of No-IP's customers offline, although Microsoft said on Tuesday the issues had been resolved. No-IP disagreed.

A Microsoft spokesman said on Wednesday the company had no comment.

Microsoft's civil suit alleges two men in Algeria and Kuwait used No-IP's services to maintain contact with computers they hacked using two malware families called Bladabdindi and Jenxcus.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftsecurityNo-IPCivil lawsuitslegalVitalwerkscybercrime

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments