Did Name.com bow to Chinese cyber-extortionists?
The domain registrar, Name.com, is well known as an industry workplace with positive corporate culture. The employees don’t just have casual Fridays, they have beer on that day.
It seems that a domain that was registered with Name.com sustained a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) on Thursday.
The domain name Boxun.com is an online resource of news and information, including reports on the Chinese government oppression of free speech.
Name.com sustained a relentless digital attack, followed by anonymous emails to take Boxun.com offline. At that point, Name.com asked the owner of Boxun.com to transfer the domain to another registrar!
This is the first recorded incident of a domain industry company bowing to extortion. The US-based Boxun.com owner transferred the domain to 1&1 Internet and hired a new web host in the process.
The news about Name.com waving the white flag of surrender to apparent Chinese cyber-extortionists did not spread to the domain circles, primarily because the Name.com blog feed isn’t syndicated with Domaining.com