We inform that in December 2014 the changes on providing by NASK the Administrative and Technical Service of the .pl domain names are going to be implemented.
From 1 December 2014 the natural persons not carrying out a business activity, who want to register a .pl domain name, will be requested to proceed only via one of the Partners, specified on the current list of Partners, published at the NASK's website.
It will also not be allowed to transfer to NASK the service of a domain name, whose subscriber is a natural person not carrying out a business activity, and in case of the domain names directly serviced by NASK, also the change of a subscriber for that person will not be admissible.
At the same time we inform that the administrative and technical service, provided for the subscribers, being the natural persons not carrying out a business activity, on the basis of the agreements concluded before 1 December 2014, is going to be effected by NASK in an unchanged manner, i.e. in accordance with the binding .pl Domain Names Regulations as of 18 December 2006.
Organized by the Ministry of Administration and Digitization, Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK), the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Free and Open Source Software Foundation (FWiOO), the international workshop was held on 30 October 2014 in Warsaw
under the banner of "Who rules the Internet". The meeting was devoted to the subject of the management of the Internet as viewed from the perspective of
the public administration, non-governmental organizations, business and science. In a plenary session, which opened the meeting, the floor was taken
by, among others, Andrzej Halicki - Minister of Administration and Digitization and Jean Jacques Sahel - Vice president of ICANN for Europe as
well as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Operations Director at NASK.
During the conference in six expert workshop groups the following issues
Management of technical network resources (Internet domains, IP addresses, communication protocols), rules of activity and tasks realized by ICANN, the role of the U.S. government in managing the Internet and the process of handing over the supervision of the domain name system to the global Internet community
Cyber security with regard to the DNSSEC service
Access to information vs. the protection of privacy in the Internet - conflict of two values
Network neutrality - how future legal regulations on network neutrality will affect the chain of values in the Internet and the relationship among the providers of telecommunication services, content and electronic services providers as well as the Internet users
Management of technical network resources vs. running a business activity - the issue of domains in a particular view of new generic domain names programme (new gTLD)
"Everything you always wanted to know about the Internet but were afraid to ask" - how the Internet works as viewed from the technical and business perspective
The workshop was one of the most important digital-related events in Poland. The meeting was focused not only to spread the Internet management issues
but also to make the relations among the scientific communities, public administration, non-governmental organizations and entrepreneurs more tight.
We inform that NASK is working on the adaptation of the .pl domain names life cycle to the expectations of the market to increase the availability of names for registration.
15 December 2014 is scheduled in the .pl registry for the extension of the period in which the .pl domain name is available for registration on the basis
of the "first come, first served" rule, however, it is not available for reservation and testing (DNT service). The change refers to the state indicated in the WHOIS database as "Domain name is released from the queue", and in the registry system as a BOOK_BLOCKED term. This state is intermediate between the ineffective reservation and release of the .pl domain name from the registry database, and it is marked by the domain name availability for registration by any NASK's Partner providing this service. For the domain name remaining in this state the contract for option on the registration cannot be concluded, nor the domain name tasting performed
The duration of the BOOK_BLOCKED state will be extended from 5 to 90 days, but the change will not affect the domain names which are already in this state at the time of the above change. The WHOIS database response for this state will also receive a new meaning - the current "Domain name is released from the queue" will be replaced by a new one: "Domain name after being released from the queue, available for registration". The functionality of registering the domain names in the BOOK_BLOCKED state by NASK's Partners, providing this service, will remain unchanged. The diagram showing the current life cycle of the .pl domain name is published on this site.
Extending the duration of the BOOK_BLOCKED state aims to increase the availability and improve the transparency of the .pl domain names registration process for all entities.
Communication from the NASK on amendments to the Domain Names Regulations dated 18 December 2006
NASK (Research and Academic Computer Network research institute) seated in Warsaw, hereby informs that due to completion of the project of the release of the regional names for the public registration, implemented in accordance with the Ordinance of the Director of NASK no. 224,
as of 10 December 2013 the wording of the paragraph 6c of the Domain Names Regulations dated 18 December 2006 undergoes a change by the cancellation of the content of its second sentence that reads:
"The Tender concerning the Domain Name corresponding to the name of a voivodship, county, commune or town in .pl Domain can only be submitted directly to the NASK,".
due to the cancellation of the second sentence of the paragraph 6c Domain Names Regulations dated 18 December 2006, the paragraph 6c is replaced by:
"The Tender concerns the Domain Name corresponding to the names of a voivodship, county, commune or town in .pl Domain unless the Tenderer is a competent unit of local self-government or the State represented by a competent administration unit."
Therefore, NASK hereby announces consolidated text of the Domain Names Regulations dated 18 December 2006 and informs that the revised Domain Names Regulations dated 18 December 2006 is binding for the Subscriber, unless the Subscriber terminates the Agreement within two weeks from the date of being informed of changes in the Regulations.
It is the fourth time NASK has been granted with the certificate confirming the compliance of the implemented quality management system with the requirements of the international standard, ISO 9001. The certificate was granted for a successive three year period, i.e. to 14 March 2016.
NASK is the first ccTLD registry in the world which implemented the quality management system and obtained a relevant certificate in March 2004. The national domain name registry, maintained by NASK, is consequently pursuing the quality policy on the registration and maintenance of the Internet domain names which requires that the highest level of customer satisfaction and zero-mistake level be achieved as well as the cooperation with Partners, as the NASK's key accounts, be improved.
The NASK quality management system covers with its scope all the areas and processes of registration and maintenance of the Internet domain names. The renewing audit, which confirmed the compliance of the system with the standard, ISO 9001:2008, was conducted by the auditors of a leading international certifying authority, Bureau Veritas Certification.
The quality management system, implemented in NASK, is an indispensable instrument of pursuing the safety policy in the registration process of domain names, and it contributes to the development of the domain name market in Poland by supporting the process of new products and services implementation.
- The positive result of the renewing audit, carried out by an independent authority, demonstrates to our clients that the actions taken by NASK base on the uniform and transparent rules. It is of great importance to us, since we are in the forefront of the European national domain registries by account of the number of maintained domain names. For over 9 years, since the moment of granting the certificate for the first time, in my opinion, the most important benefits of maintaining in NASK a certified quality management system include, first of all, continuous improvement of existing business processes, defining the scope of responsibility and entitlements of employees and the improvement of communication which, in turn, effect in the reduction of the number of mistakes and complaints occurred. The quality management system in NASK is continuously developed and improved which may be proved by annual audits with positive results.- said Paweł T. Goławski, a Quality Management System Representative at NASK.
We inform that the parameters degradation of our Registry system and its inaccessibility on 1 February 2013 have been caused by massive reservations of domain names in the .pl domain made by several our Partners.
The reservations, made in the amount exceeding 2.3 million have doubled the volume of the .pl Registry. Despite the remedial actions, the results are going to be noticeable for all NASK Partners for at least 2 successive weeks.
We are sorry for all inconveniences and ensure you that we are making efforts to restore proper system operation.
We ask you to apply the reservation process of the .pl domain names in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement on the cooperation concerning Internet domain names. The aim of reservation should be enabling and providing a Bidder with effective registration of reserved .pl domain names.
NASK has taken over multiple domains used for cybercrime activities, making their further usage for illegal purposes impossible. The domain names were used to spread and control dangerous malware known as "Virut" . NASK's actions are aimed at protecting Internet users from threats that involved the botnet built with Virut-infected machines, such as DDoS attacks, spam and data theft. The scale of the phenomenon was massive: in 2012 for Poland alone, over 890 thousand unique IP addresses were reported to be infected by Virut.
Since 2006, Virut has been one of the most disturbing threats active on the Internet. In late 2012 Symantec estimated the size of its botnet at 300,000 machines, while Kaspersky reported that Virut was responsible for 5.5% of infections in Q3 2012, making it the fifth most widespread threat of the time. Interestingly, Virut's main distribution vector is executable file infection, and most users would get infected by using removable media or sharing files over networks. However, more recent versions of the malware have been capable of infecting HTML files, injecting an invisible iframe that would download Virut from a remote site. Once infected, a computer would connect to an IRC server controlled by the attacker and receive instructions to download and run arbitrary executable files (all without owner's knowledge or consent). Effectively, Virut's authors have converted those machines into zombies - elements of a botnet used for spamming, DDoS attacks and other malicious activities. According to Symantec, Virut has been recently used for distribution of Waledac - a long-time recognized spamming bot.
A number of domains in .pl, most notably zief.pl and ircgalaxy.pl, have been used to host Virut, its command & control IRC servers, as well as to host other malware including Palevo and Zeus. NASK, the operator of the Polish domain registry took over 23 of these domains yesterday (Jan 17, 2013) in an effort to protect Internet users from Virut-related threats. Name servers for those domains were changed to sinkhole.cert.pl, controlled by CERT Polska - an incident response team operated by NASK. NASK's actions were supported by threat intelligence data from CERT Polska, VirusTotal and Spamhaus.