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XYZ: Ethereum Is Getting Another Popular Domain Name

Users of the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) can now claim .xyz domains to connect to their wallets, smart contracts or other services, ENS developer Nick Johnson announced Wednesday.

Johnson wrote in a blog post that the new domain name option comes after some testing and development, and is “now supported by ENS on mainnet.” Users who are interested can purchase the domain through any Domain Name Service registrar and use it like any .eth domain, meaning users can associate it with their wallets, name smart contracts, create subdomains and more.

While EasyDNS – one such DNS registrar – has created a simplified wizard for adding the domain, users can also manually add .xyz, he wrote.

Johnson added:

“We’re rolling out our ENS support initially on .xyz to give it a test-drive, but the best thing about this is that it doesn’t require any cooperation or permission from each DNS [top-level domain]. Once we’ve had a chance to see how it works, we plan to roll it out to all other DNS TLDs that support the necessary features — which is almost all of them.”

ENS allows ethereum users to put “human readable names” in place of long wallet or service addresses, making it easier for individuals to transfer funds, use smart contracts or otherwise develop projects, as previously reported by CoinDesk.

The new .xyz domain is the second top-level domain that ENS supports, following .eth earlier this year. TLDs are the highest set of domains on the internet, and are required when visiting any website on the internet or decentralized web.

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Ethereum Is Getting Its First Top-Level Domain Name

A new partnership will soon enable ethereum users to attach their addresses to a top-level internet domain name, making it easier to remember the identifiers associated with their assets, wallets and services.

The Ethereum Name Service (ENS), which allows ethereum users to replace long addresses with “human readable names” attached to a .eth domain, has partnered with Minds + Machines Group (MMX), a company that owns and operates “top-level domains” within the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) (others include .com or .uk, for example).

Announced on Friday, the collaboration means ethereum users will be able to register their addresses with MMX’s soon to be launched .luxe domain, which stands for “lets u xchange easily,” offering a more user-friendly way to access the blockchain’s assets and services like dapps and smart contracts.

Likewise, MMX said the .luxe addresses will allow “names to resolve over the internet in the normal way for email or web-based traffic,” enabling users to conduct “traditional internet activity” with the same address used for their ethereum assets and services.

“We’re very excited to be helping advance integration between existing DNS-based name services and the Ethereum Name Service, improving usability for blockchain applications and users,” ENS lead developer Nick Johnson said in a statement.

He added in an email that the “natively ‘blockchain enabled'” .luxe domain will offer “more choices of domain and of trust model” for ethereum users, and that the partnership “improves integration between the legacy DNS space and blockchain technologies.”

MMX is confident that sufficient demand exists for .luxe, and pointed to ENS’ success as evidence.

“We already know from ethereum’s test in its .eth zone that there is a real proven demand for word-based identifiers that are blockchain enabled,” CEO Toby Hall said in the statement.

Launched in 2017, ENS features “an automated registrar that allows anyone to register domain names ending in ‘.eth'” via an auction. As previously reported by CoinDesk, identifiers foundation.eth and exchange.eth were claimed for about $27,000 in ETH and $609,000 in ETH respectively in 2017.

MMX has not yet launched .luxe, and plans to hold a “limited registration period” in October for ENS users to claim their equivalent .luxe names. It plans to offer .luxe names to the public starting on October 30.

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MyEtherWallet Warns That A “Couple” Of Its DNS Servers Have Been Hacked

Cryptocurrency wallet MyEtherWallet (MEW) tweeted a warning that a “couple” of its DNS servers have been hacked and users risk being redirected to a phishing site this morning, April 24. MEW is now in the process of verifying which servers have been targeted and is working to resolve the hack “asap,” they added.

Alarmed MEW users have been active all day on Reddit and other platforms as they await further details from the MEW team, with many deciding not to log in at all to avoid security risks. Others are advising each other to run MEW offline, or at the very least to double check that the SSL connection is always green when interacting with a site.

The hack, which this time has been confirmed by MEW themselves, recalls the allegations of a DNS hack levelled at MEW in January by the developers of altcoin Ethereum Blue (BLUE), categorically dismissed at the time by MEW as “a stupid lie.”

An outraged user, raising the spectre of January, quipped:

According to recent updates on Reddit, Google’s Public DNS appears to now be resolving to the correct ISP, but MEW developers have not officially given a green light that the DNS attack has been solved.