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WorldNames, Inc. selects .SE to assume responsibility for registry services

Press release from WorldNames, Inc. and .SE (The internet Infrastructure Foundation)
January 9, 2013

WorldNames, Inc. selects .SE to assume responsibility for registry services of .nu

WorldNames, Inc., the registry operator and manager for the .nu top level domain since 1998, has selected .SE (The internet Infrastructure Foundation), to operate .nu domain’s registry services, including administration and technical operations. The change will not affect holders of .nu domains.

WorldNames will continue to operate its retail domain name registration services at, which is one of Sweden’s two largest .nu Registrars, according to WorldNames.

”WorldNames reviewed proposals from several established operators of top level domain name Registries over the past several months,” said J. William Semich, WorldNames’ founder and CEO. ”We selected .SE because of its highly proficient and trustworthy technical infrastructure and its dominant presence in the Nordic markets for domain names, particularly in Sweden, which has been the primary market for .nu domains over the past 15 years. Most of the large Registrars in Sweden also have longstanding relationships both with WorldNames and with .SE, which will make for a smooth and straightforward transition.”

The agreement with WorldNames solely means that .SE is responsible for the operation and administration of the .nu top-level domain. The relationship between ICANN (internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and The IUSN Foundation as the delegated manager for the .nu top level domain will remain unchanged.

”I’m both proud and happy that .SE has been given the trust to operate the registry services for .nu, which we will manage with great care. In the nearest future, we will spend our time and resources in preparing for the transition in collaboration with WorldNames and our registrars. Naturally, we will ensure that those involved will get all the information and support necessary,” said Danny Aerts, CEO of .SE.

The date for the transition is not yet determined. More information will follow in early 2013.

For more information, please contact:

J. William Semich, CEO of WorldNames, Inc.
Phone +1 508 359 5600 ext. 110

Danny Aerts, CEO of .SE
Phone: +46 709 90 54 89

Maria Ekelund, Head of Communications
Phone: + 46 70 777 44 87

About WorldNames, Inc.

WorldNames Inc., a US-based private company with operations located in the US, Sweden and Northern Europe, makes a business of registering internet domains and web addresses through its flagship product, the .NU domain, at Since its beginnings in 1998, WorldNames Inc. has continued to be recognized as a secure, technically proficient and innovative company with long-standing participation in the internet’s leading technical and policy-shaping bodies.

About .SE

.SE (The internet Infrastructure Foundation) is an independent public-service organization that acts to promote the positive development of the internet in Sweden. .SE is responsible for the internet’s Swedish top-level domain, .se, encompassing domain-name registration, and the administration and technical operation of the national domain name registry. Proceeds from domain-name registrations are used to finance initiatives that promote the development of the internet in Sweden, through proprietary operations and the financing of independent projects.

.NU Domain Receives Top Ranking for Robust Anti-Phishing Practices

Kate Russell
RMR & Associates Inc.
(301) 230 -0045 x 190

.NU Domain Achieves Top Ranking for Robust Anti-Phishing Practices
WorldNames, Inc. (formerly known as .NU Domain Ltd), the Global Manager of the .NU Domain, Receives High Ranking from Independent Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)
MEDFIELD, MA– May 19, 2011 — WorldNames, Inc., the global manager of the .NU Top Level Domain (TLD), received top ranking for effective anti-phishing take-down practices in April. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) recognized the technology and policy leader in its report: Global Phishing Survey: Trends and Domain Name Use in 2H2010. This ranking comes as a result of the innovative and effective anti-phishing practices that WorldNames has put into place across the .NU domain over the past several years.

Phishing is a pervasive Internet criminal activity that involves fraudulent spam emails from sites masquerading as legitimate sources, such as banks or financial institutions, in an attempt to acquire sensitive, personal information. The APWG’s phishing repository is the Internet’s most comprehensive archive, and its most recent data suggest at least 67,677 phishing attacks took place worldwide in the second half of 2010. Furthermore, these attacks took place on 42,624 unique domain names, with concentrated attacks focused on specific TLDs (60 percent of the total occurring on .COM, .CC, .NET, and .ORG). Eighty-nine percent of malicious domain registrations were made across four top-level domains (TLDs) including .COM, .TK, .NET, and .INFO.

The data used to compile the survey results clearly revealed .NU in the top echelon of secure TLDs.  It had one of the lowest incidences of phishing schemes across the namespace (2.5 phishing attacks for every 10,000 domains).  The survey data revealed that whenever WorldNames detected phishing schemes within its network of domains, it shut down these fraudulent sites within just 30 hours of discovering them.

WorldNames implemented these innovative, anti-phishing take-down practices in 2007, making .NU the first TLD to do so. To ensure effective security measures, WorldNames’ technical staff continues to monitor .NU’s sites 24 hours a day and immediately shuts down any that may present evidence of phishing activities.

“We are excited about .NU’s high ranking for security and anti-phishing practices, particularly when compared to other global TLDs, including those in the Northern European as well as the Pacific regions,” WorldNames President J. William Semich says. “.NU is proud to have been a trailblazer in the implementation of an innovative take-down system to alert technical teams to potential phishing and fraudulent actions within our namespace.  We continue to closely monitor these activities to ensure .NU remains secure and safe throughout.”

About WorldNames, Inc. (formerly known as .NU Domain Ltd)

WorldNames, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based company that registers Internet domains and web addresses through its flagship product, the .NU domain. A country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD), .NU offers a wide range of attention-getting Web addresses in English and European languages. Since its beginnings in 1997, WorldNames, Inc. established itself as a secure, technically proficient and reputable company with important connections between all of the major Internet governing bodies. With domain operations located in the U.S., Sweden and Northern Europe, WorldNames, Inc. also funds the IUSN Foundation (formerly known as the Internet Users Society—Niue), a charitable nonprofit, which is a recognized leader in Internet governance. IUSN funds the Internet and WiFi services, along with related training and education, for the South Pacific island nation of Niue, whose country code domain designation is .NU. To learn more about WorldNames, Inc., visit