#Domainers arrested at #Starbucks for wi-fi abuse over #WHOIS

Two domain investors were arrested at a Miami Starbucks over the weekend, after they allegedly abused the cafe’s wi-fi. Bob and Jack Arkautras, twin brothers from Lithuania, sat at the Starbucks for seventeen hours on Friday, and another fourteen on Saturday, using its wireless Internet resources at full peak. “Those gentlemen were clearly abusing our […]

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The #domain that led to the Golden State killer’s capture is revealed

A serial killer that terrorized Sacramento for decades has been captured by the FBI, and hopefully justice will be served. The method used by the authorities to capture suspect Joseph James DeAngelo is remarkable: by running a WHOIS on the domain name, IAmTheGoldenStateKiller.com. In an era that data privacy is lacking, GDPR is arriving to […]

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#MarkMonitor : NYC Summit video on #GDPR and #WHOIS issues

Statton Hammock, Brand Protection & Internet Policy Expert for MarkMonitor, gave a presentation during the MMNYC Summit yesterday. The subject of the presentation, that was streamed live on the Internet, was about the impact of GDPR on WHOIS and IP enforcement. Unfortunately, the audio quality suffered, and prevented many on the Internet from listening in. […]

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#GoDaddy and WHOIS : Unilateral decision affects #DomainTools data

The unilateral decision by GoDaddy to disable port 43 WHOIS lookups, has been affecting DomainTools and its professional services. GoDaddy stated it’s a much-needed line of defense against “unscrupulous spammers,” but it seems they are throwing out the baby with the bathwater in this case. This isn’t a prelude of GDPR, that seeks to address […]

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#GDPR and #cPanel : It’s not just about #domains and #WHOIS

If you thought that the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is only about domain names and WHOIS, you are sorely mistaken. The European regulation on privacy matters is affecting a multiverse of technical services that utilize and store private information on their servers and systems in the cloud. To be GDPR compliant, companies such […]

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#Domain legislation ante portas : #WHOIS going dark would be a mistake

European regulations about data privacy, are about to break one of the oldest status quo instances on the Internet: the domain WHOIS. Turning WHOIS into a dark book of redacted information would be a mistake. Several companies, such as Facebook, Microsoft and Time Warner, sent a letter to ICANN, urging the multinational organization to “immediately […]

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#WHOIS wars : Withheld by #GoDaddy is a new #DomainTools warning tag

The war of WHOIS information is escalating, and DomainTools is on the offensive. GoDaddy is now keeping part of the publicly available WHOIS information private, for domains that are queried via third party tools. At first, we thought that DomainTools had a special agreement with the largest domain registrar in the world, to display the […]

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#NORDU .net : Oldest #domain is 12071 days old per #DomainTools

NORDU.net, the oldest domain name with a registration date of January 1, 1985 is now 33 years old. But wait, isn’t Symbolics.com the oldest domain, you might say. Not so fast, domain ranger. While Symbolics.com is indeed the oldest registered domain name, and the oldest .com, it’s not the oldest. On the other hand, NORDU.net, […]

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#DomainTools in agreement with #GoDaddy over stunted #WHOIS ?

GoDaddy is going forward with a scandalous decision to filter WHOIS output from port 43 and third party tool queries, on January 25th. WHOIS output on the GoDaddy web site will be supported using a captcha as an anti-spam protection mechanism; in an email, GoDaddy claimed that the draconian measure will help limit spammer’s access […]

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Domain loss : Your domain account does not update your WHOIS info

There is very little education of end-users about how important up-to-date WHOIS information is. In a case involving an end-user’s domain that was lost via the UDRP process, updating the Account Settings at GoDaddy was not enough. The GoDaddy customer, who is not an investor, assumed that by keeping that part of the contact information […]

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ICANN should get WHOIS lessons from the Israel Internet Association

One of the issues with WHOIS, as implemented by ICANN, is that it does not keep track of WHOIS history. When a domain registrant changes, there is no tracking record of the date these changes occurred, and even popular third party services such as DomainTools cannot keep up with changes – unless a domain is […]

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ZFBot : Adding WHOIS makes this domain research service indispensable

ZFBot, the domain research tool with tens of millions of registered domains in its database, just got better. Recent changes improving the service were lacking just one thing: WHOIS queries for the returned domains. But now this has been added, as developer Ken Greenwood fine-tunes his already indispensable domain tool! The changes are available immediately […]

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