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Important notification regarding the heartbleed bug

Most of you are, by now, aware of the 'Heartbleed' bug which presents serious vulnerabilities in the OpenSSL library. This weakness allows one to read the memory of an OpenSSL protected system. Nevertheless, not all OpenSSL versions are vulnerable. You can find further information on the bug and vulnerable versions of OpenSSL on the web at 

The 'Heartbleed' bug has been a major concern for AFRINIC over the past week and we would like to assure our members and the community that all our systems have been thoroughly verified and updated when found to be vulnerable.

We would like to point out that a particular attention was given to the MyAFRINIC member portal, our financial systems and to RPKI hosts to ensure that the vulnerability was not exploited to obtain privileged information.

Furthermore, we would like to emphasise that, for our members who make use of AFRINIC's online payment feature, transactions are forwarded directly to our financial provider's gateway so no credit card information could be leaked via the MyAFRINIC portal.  Moreover, we have contacted our financial provider and have been assured that their systems were safe from that threat.


CEO of AFRINIC Adiel Akplogan, to speak at the first Commonwealth Domain Name System (DNS) Forum 2014

The CEO of AFRINIC Adiel Akplogan has been invited to speak during the inaugural Commonwealth DNS Forum. Mr Akplogan will use this international platform to provide an overview of Africa’s Internet landscape, focusing on the opportunities and challenges faced in the region. Discussions during the event will focus on the domain name industry, the governance of cyberspace, local content and local relevance, promoting investment and innovation, the social impact of gTLDs and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

AFRINIC supports this initiative and re-affirms its commitment to strengthening  global multi-stakeholder partnerships through collaboration of industry professionals and partner agencies.

The Commonwealth DNS Forum is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Nominet and the Public Interest Registry. The forum takes place in London from 19 – 20 June 2014 at the Hilton Metropole. For more information please visit:

Delegates from Commonwealth countries can participate in this event free of charge. A list of Commonwealth countries can be found at:



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