[At-Large] ComputerWorld : ICANN asks Demand Media for answers after report

Dev Anand Teelucksingh admin at ttcsweb.org
Sun Aug 22 07:15:09 UTC 2010

ICANN asks Demand Media for answers after report
By Robert McMillan, August 20, 2010, Computerworld

The group responsible for managing the Internet's domain name system
is asking Demand Media's eNom division for answers following
complaints from Internet security groups.

ENom, the world's second-largest domain name registrar, came under
fire last week in a report from HostExploit (http://hostexploit.com/),
a volunteer-run anti-malware research group. According to HostExploit,
eNom is host to an unusually large number of malicious websites and is
a preferred domain name registrar for pharmaceutical spammers.

ICANN now says that it is looking into the matter, according to Kurt
Pritz, senior vice president of services with the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers. Typically, ICANN advises people with
information on illegal activity to take their complaints to law
enforcement. "However, given the serious nature of some of the
allegations made in the HostExploit report, we will ask eNom for their
response and will follow up as appropriate," Pritz said in a
statement, e-mailed to IDG News Service.

HostExploit says that some eNom resellers are violating ICANN rules by
allowing customers to provide false Whois database information, not
following ICANN deletion policy and generally not complying with their
obligations as resellers.

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