Someone is selling the entire domain WHOIS database – all 160 million records of it!

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By using the WHOIS tools provided by the domain Registries, one agrees not to extract data and use it for commercial purposes.

But who gives a rat’s ass, right?

With more than 350 gTLDs available, the total number of traditional and new TLDs exceeds 160 million domain names.

Some ‘smart entrepreneur‘ is currently selling the full monty via an .XYZ web site called DownLoadWHOISdata.

The domain appears to have been registered in late January, according to DomainTools.

The sample records it provides, group every gTLD in its own CSV file; the practice seems to violate the rules of the agreement that grants access to the zone files, via the ICANN CZDS portal.

According to the web site, the cost for obtaining the entire database is $149 dollars, and then $10 dollars per month thereafter to receive daily updates of the records.

This practice definitely assists unscrupulous domain spammers in extracting email addresses and further bombarding domain owners.

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3 Responses to “Someone is selling the entire domain WHOIS database – all 160 million records of it!”
  1. James says:

    They are simply reselling the whois data from:
    https://www.whoisxmlapi.com/whois-database-download.php

    This by the way is against their TOS and will lead in quick cancellation when
    the account holder is identified.

  2. Andrew says:

    Disappointing that a domain name site is allowing them to advertise, isn’t it?

  3. DomainGang says:

    Andrew – I don’t think Francois dug that deeply into what they were doing.

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