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#NameCheap and #Cloudflare: Domain spam is currently out of control

A few days ago we noted how cheap dot .ICU domains are being registered en masse at NameCheap, and are used for spam.

The spammers are using email databases grazed from WHOIS records and send a streak of emails advertising drones, weight loss products, and other unsolicited and invasive messages.

They are using Cloudflare as a reverse proxy, hiding their real location that typically is in eastern Europe. The Cloudflare DNS is turned on only when the mass emailing occurs, and it’s then turned off.

It turns out the problem isn’t a particular TLD, but the price they can be registered at. Right now, the same spammers are registering dot .Best domain names.

What are the common denominators?

  • NameCheap as the domain registrar
  • Cloudflare as the DNS provider
  • Cheap cost for domain registrations, less than $2 dollars per domain

Domain cost is vital to spammers because they use cheap throwaway domains; once these are blocked, they move onto the next one. NameCheap seems to have a knack at forging agreements with Registries willing to drop the retail registration costs substantially.

When domain registration prices drop to shitty numbers, spammers are attracted to the shit like flies.

What needs to be done to overcome this spamming flood?

  • NameCheap and other registrars should refuse such pricing agreements with Registries
  • Registries should be penalized by ICANN for the amount of spam they produce until it’s properly regulated
  • Cloudflare and other reverse proxy providers should not enable domains registered for less than 30 days, and should block known abusers proactively

If you are a victim of this massive campaign of spam enabled by the above parties, send them a piece of your mind:

The domain industry and consumers in general should take this type of spam very seriously, and not feel powerless when it happens.


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3 Responses to “#NameCheap and #Cloudflare: Domain spam is currently out of control”
  1. Alex says:

    Arachnitec, namecheap.com assholes continue to allow extreme numbers of spam sent from their domains. These domains need to be blocked! opensubscribe.club is just one of the spammer domains!

  2. RK PIERRE says:

    NAMECHEAP SENDS ME AT LEAST 40-50 UCE SPAM EMAILS , PER WEEK. THEY HIDE BEHIND ENOM.COM, THEIR OWNER, WHO, IN TURN, USES WHOISGUARD, AS A PROXY TO HIDE THEIR SPAM. I NOTIFIED THE FTC, IN WRITING, ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO, AND THEY SAID THEY HAVE SECERAL COMPLAINTS, REGARDING ENOM AND NAMECHEAP. THEY ARE CRIMINALS, AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

  3. Reg says:

    I get 20-40 spam and scam email a DAY from Namecheap’s friends and customers…and they do nothing about it, because $$$. Scum. Namecheap should be shut down. How they have gotten away with it for so long is beyond me.

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