Microsoft seized 22 domain names from dynamic DNS provider No-IP as those domains were being abused in malware-related crimes against Windows users. With a special order from federal court, Microsoft became the domain IP resolver for the No-IP domains. In this process, millions of innocent users got affected due to domain issues that happened due to Microsoft’s actions.
No-IP provided the following statement regarding this,
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.
Had Microsoft contacted us, we could and would have taken immediate action. Microsoft now claims that it just wants to get us to clean up our act, but its draconian actions have affected millions of innocent Internet users.
Microsoft has now again gave control of 18 of 23 domains to No-IP. However, they are yet to own the control of all the domains.
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.
Microsoft accused that No-IP failed to take prompt action when cybercriminals used its service for managing botnets, or networks of hacked computers. Microsoft said the following earlier this week,
We’re taking No-IP to task as the owner of infrastructure frequently exploited by cybercriminals to infect innocent victims with the Bladabindi (NJrat) and Jenxcus (NJw0rm) family of malware. In the past, we’ve predominately seen botnets originating in Eastern Europe; however, the authors, owners and distributors of this malware are Kuwaiti and Algerian nationals. The social media-savvy cybercriminals have promoted their wares across the Internet, offering step-by-step instructions to completely control millions of unsuspecting victims’ computers to conduct illicit crimes—demonstrating that cybercrime is indeed a global epidemic.
Source: Microsoft and No-IP