updated 08:54 am EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
No-IP will bring tales of woe to Senate, addressing improper enforcement issues
Following the fallout of the Microsoft seizure of No-IP domains, the dynamic domain name service company is speaking to the Senate about the incident. In a hearing scheduled before the Microsoft action against No-IP about proper enforcement of cybercrime laws, No-IP will address the Senate Judiciary Committee today about how the incident was handled, and the need for sensible enforcement so that the Internet property rights of innocent third parties don't become collateral damage in such efforts.
On June 30, Microsoft announced that they had filed suit against No-IP, which led to a federal judge in Nevada ordering 23 named domains be seized by Microsoft, ostensibly for the software giant's anti-malware enforcement program. The seizure moved the authority over and resolution for many of No-IP's domains to Microsoft Azure.
The shift didn't go very well. Five million hostnames were affected, with 1.8 million customers, many paid and not assisting the 22,000 hostnames associated with Bladabindi and Jenxcus malware packages going dark as well. Microsoft handed back the domains on July 3, with the lawsuit between the pair settled the end of last week.
No-IP will be speaking about Steve Smith, a graduate student in mobile game design. Steve had submitted an app to Apple's iOS apps store, as a requirement for class. When Microsoft interrupted his service, Steve had just gotten word that Apple had published his app. "My application received numerous negative reviews from frustrated users because it was non-functional."
Smith continues, adding that to work around the problem he had to submit an update to Apple which took another week to review. Smith says that "by this time, the damage was done. My application is still recovering from poor ratings," said Smith. "I was also barely able to submit an update to my school. This could have cost me my GPA, and $2,000 to repeat a class that I certainly should not have been failing, based on my work product."
Another No-IP customer, Jim Kippling, will have his tale told before the Senate committee. "I use No-IP to connect my family's security cameras," said Kippling. "When my service was taken down, I was unable to keep tabs on my aging father who, because we can monitor him, is able to still enjoy a significant amount of independence."
There are other solutions available other than just No-IP. In the case of Steve Smith, other offerings from Amazon are available, but perhaps not at his price point. Kippling's problem is a bit more pervasive. Static IP solutions can be very expensive, and in some cases, not available in residential areas.
"We are happy to be back to focusing on our business, and we thank our customers for their support and patience. We also thank our many supporters in the industry," said Dan Durrer, founder and CEO of Vitalwerks, the parent company of No-IP. "We will be carefully monitoring the action in Washington, and look forward to being part of giving voices to millions of Internet users through our DNS services."