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IDNs (internationalized domain names) are another story. The basic problem with these is that a server or browser plug-in is required to resolve such names. Newer versions of Opera, FireFox and IE can handle the resolution of these names, but there are still many browsers that cannot. (The web is not always viewed by a PC.)
I heard Russia wants URL's in Russian and so do China.
China already has a fully localized solution for this. It has been in operation for a few years now [webmasterworld.com]. Russia wants something similar in Cyrillic.
Some of you know I'm on this mission to get so freakin' technical my brain hurts right now. In the process of our research, we uncovered the above. My programmer spent about 30 minutes and whipped up an example of Phishing using the above URI which resolves. It was rather convincing if you ask me. Does PayPal know about this stuff?
I would really like to know what is taking place above. I was shown something using the above domain that would surely cause some challenges for PayPal. I'm still going through some different combinations using various characters and am running across some interesting stuff. Not a lot, but enough to start sending signals through me "Tin Hat". Ting, ting, ting...
I thought you couldn't register these?
I know about IDN Domains too...
IDN Domains are "Internationalized Domains Names", they make the use of special non-English characters possible (i.e. Umlauts like "ä", "ö" und "ü", other European Characters like "á", "é", "í"). These domains are subject to many temporary technical restrictions, for example users need an IDN compatible browser to visit them.
Ooops, in reading over our notes on this, we did uncover nomenclature that describes this...
Homograph Spoofing Attack
I've been playing with that IDN Registration Search tool. Why is it that some of my domains are registered with certain characters? And, why can't I see those? Where are they? I'm confused?
And why does it show these as being available?
<added>I also see that they are now testing IDN domain names.