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Architelos Announces Filing For Bankruptcy

It is with regret that I inform our clients, partners, and industry colleagues that after more than five years in business, Architelos Inc, ceased operations today and commenced bankruptcy proceeding by filing a petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy under provisions of Chapter 7 of Title 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Unlike Chapter 11, which provides for reorganization and continuation of operations, Chapter 7 entails immediate cessation of company operations and an orderly liquidation of its assets.

The petition was filed today in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (“Bankruptcy Court”). As a result of the filing, a Chapter 7 Trustee will be appointed to the case, and all decisions regarding the company, its operations and assets are immediately turned over to the appointed Trustee. The Trustee will then determine how to liquidate the assets of Architelos Inc. in accordance with the bankruptcy code.

Customers of the NameSentry service are not immediately impacted. NameSentry will continue to operate in the short term, however the decision on the continuation and or timing of the termination of the service will be up to the Trustee. Customers of the service should contact the Trustee, once he/she has been appointed for further information. The contact name and number of the Trustee, updates to the process, as well as any information on the case will be posted to the court’s website.

Regardless of the circumstances leading up to it, the decision to file for bankruptcy is an agonizing one for the impact it has on clients, partners, employees, and vendors. We have done our best to ensure a fair and smooth process.



Alexa Raad, CEO

ICANN Selects Architelos for Domain Abuse Intelligence Reporting

We are pleased to announce that Architelos has yet again been selected by ICANN to provide monthly market intelligence reports on domain name abuse across both new and existing Top Level Domains (TLD). The abuse intelligence reporting is based on Architelos’ patented NameSentry℠ platform. Architelos also publishes the thrice-yearly NameSentry Namespace Quality Report which analyzes the prevalence of domain name abuse across the entire Internet. Continue reading

Minds + Machines Selects Architelos’ NumberSense and Folio Exchange

LEESBURG, Va.-(BUSINESS WIRE)- Architelos, Inc., the premier provider of outsourced registry management, consulting, and software tools for registry and DNS operators has consolidated its market leadership position by signing Minds + Machines Group Limited (Minds + Machines) to its holistic financial management platform comprised of NumberSense™ and Folio Exchange™. “Architelos offered us an automated and easy to set up and use a suite of financial services for managing some of the front office functions of a registry. These services were a great complement to what we provide our gTLD clients,” said Mike Salazar, CFO of Minds + Machines Group Limited. “The reaction from our clients, such as .london, has been very positive, making the transition from launch planning to operations seamless,” added Mike. Continue reading

Architelos GAC Domain Abuse Best Practices

At the invitation of the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) our CEO, Alexa Raad was asked to address the topic of domain name abuse mitigation and best practices at the ICANN Singapore conference (#ICANN 52). The presentation took place on Feb 12th at open GAC session. For a copy of the presentation please click here.

NameSentry℠ Adopted by Over 60% of New Top Level Domains Launched

Famous Four Media Joins Growing Rank of Clients

LEESBURG, Va.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Architelos, Inc., the premier provider of automated domain name abuse detection and mitigation services, has added Famous Four Media to its expanding roster of NameSentry clients. Famous Four Media will be implementing NameSentry for current and upcoming generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) such as .trade .webcam, and .science. Other new gTLDs that have recently adopted NameSentry include, .build, .ceo, .lat, .luxury, and .ooo, to name a few. To date NameSentry has been adopted by more new gTLDs than any other commercially available solution in the market. Sixty percent (60%) of new gTLDs launched use NameSentry. “The results show that registry operators have embraced NameSentry to protect the long-term health and reputation of their investments, while cost effectively meeting compliance obligations,” said Alexa Raad, CEO of Architelos. Continue reading

.XYZ Registry Case Study: Abuse Mitigation

Curious to see what the largest new gTLD .XYZ did on abuse detection and mitigation? We just published a case study, in cooperation with .XYZ on just that topic.

This case study describes their process and results for abuse detection and mitigation, and the remarkable results they achieved within just four months of implementing NameSentry. .XYZ launched in May 2014 and implemented NameSentry on July 1, one month after their General Availability date. The highlights included: Continue reading

Architelos Signs NameSentry Referral Agreement with Verisign to Offer Discounted Rates

LEESBURG, Va., May 27, 2014—Architelos, Inc., the premier provider of automated domain name abuse detection and mitigation services, announced it has signed a referral agreement with Verisign for NameSentry. Under the terms of the agreement, Architelos will provide NameSentry at a discounted rate to new generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry operators that use Verisign as their back-end registry services provider. Continue reading

Architelos Announces Flat Rate NameSentry℠ Pricing For New gTLDs

LEESBURG, Va., May 6, 2014—Architelos, Inc., the leading provider of automated domain name abuse detection and mitigation services, announced a flat rate pricing for its NameSentry automated abuse detection and mitigation service targeted at new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). New gTLD operators will now be able to sign up for NameSentry Basic or NameSentry Enterprise service and pay a flat rate regardless of their domain name registration volumes. Architelos’ pioneering NameSentry service enables new gTLDs to not only comply with regulatory requirements for managing security threats such as domain name abuse, but also to build and maintain a safe and reputable namespace, with low commitment and low overhead. Continue reading

Architelos’ NameSentry℠ Abuse Mitigation Service Adopted by 44% of New Generic Top Level Domains.

Rightside Joins Donuts in Adopting NameSentry

LEESBURG, Va., May 1 2014—Architelos, Inc., the premier provider of automated domain name abuse detection and mitigation services, announced it has reached 44% market share for its SaaS based NameSentry abuse detection and mitigation service. According to ICANN, it has signed registry agreements for 386 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs); a signed registry agreement is the first and critical step in the launch of any new gTLD. Architelos has implemented, or is in the process of implementing NameSentry abuse detection and mitigation service for 172 or 44% of the new gTLDs. “We invested in NameSentry ahead of the market, and it is now in use by existing as well as new gTLDs for almost two years,” said Alexa Raad, CEO of Architelos. “This is a wonderful milestone for us to achieve.” Continue reading

Latest NameSpace Quality Report Ranks the Internet’s Top Domains by Safety

LEESBURG, Va., March 24, 2014—Architelos Inc. announced today the publication of the third NameSentry NameSpace Quality Report. The report measures the comparative safety of the Internet’s largest Top Level Domains (TLDs) by measuring the concentration of spam, phishing, botnets, and malware in each TLD from January 2013 to March 2014. The research is based on data from the NameSentry℠ Abuse Detection and Mitigation Service, which tracks abuse across the Internet’s namespace. The report rates and ranks the 72 largest TLDs, which together account for 99% of domain names on the Internet. The findings indicate a significant increase in abuse over 2013, with the number of domain names added to abuse blocklists increasing from 62% from January 2013 to December of 2013. Virtually all domain names added to these blocklists were registered specifically to perpetrate abuse, underlining the preference of bad actors to register, use, and then move on to other new domain names. At least 5% of newly registered domain names are being used to perpetrate security threats during their initial year of existence. The NameSentry Namespace Quality Report is freely available for download at Continue reading