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    Registrar Extortion - A Self-Created ICANN Problem
    by Anonymous on Friday September 17 2004, @05:48PM (#14161)
    Registrar Extortion - A Self-Created ICANN Problem

    Registrar Extortion is how the Registrars make
    their money. They do not make it selling $6 names
    for $6.99. They make the big money by grabbing
    someone's name and then holding it hostage for
    large recovery fees. They charge by the hour,
    like lawyers, to recover the domain, which they
    likely own via one of their "other Registrars".

    The consumer is given some song and dance about
    how the Registrar will work hard on their
    behalf, for a nice fee of course. The $6 name
    could end up costing $600 to recover at $150
    per hour. That is a nice return for a Registrar
    that simply fishes for dropped names, like a
    shark, ready to prey on unsuspecting consumers.

    In the interim, the domain can be set up and
    stray e-mails can be captured, read, and analyzed
    for information that can be used for more
    extortion. For a fee, the e-mails can be returned
    while the domain is being restored.

    With the quagmire that ICANN and Verisign have
    created, the consumer has no hope in understanding
    what is really going on. The naive ISOC academics
    were warned that the ICANN structures would lead
    to mass corruption and mafia-like underworld
    structures. They did not listen, or chose to
    assume everyone would buy into their "for the
    good of the community" approach to networking.
    As they see, it is all for the good of the
    wallet. "The community" pays the price.
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