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    US Government Uses GAC to Combat Privacy Push in WHOIS | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 38 comments | Search Discussion
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    "Why is that? Because it costs them every time?"
    by Anonymous on Monday June 13 2005, @03:37AM (#15554)
    "Why is that? Because it costs them every time?"

    Registrars have a very limited life-span. They
    see it. They are attempting to cash in now, before
    they disappear or are required to compete with a
    more comprehensive service offering. Some Registrars
    are of course also preying on the fall-out of the
    artificial scarcity created with the .COM and .NET
    churn. .COM and .NET are becoming a large parking
    lots of names. Registrars are like flea market
    vendors, they walk around buying and selling for
    their own collection in hopes of cashing in on
    some hidden value behind some name. They even
    put up e-mail servers, collect private mail and
    see what they can PHISH for, passwords, account
    numbers, etc. They then can hold people hostage.
    Some Registrars are in the extortion business.
    You can thank ICANN for the artificial scarcity
    and the sleeze balls they have attracted. Some
    of the same policies are what have helped to
    create the SPAM problem. IF the domain name space
    had been large, people would spread out and not
    be sitting ducks for being a SPAM target. Again,
    you can thank ICANN for that. Great job Cerf.
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    "Why is that? Because it costs them every time?" by Anonymous
    Re:"Why is that? Because it costs them every time?
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday June 13 2005, @08:16AM (#15561)
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    If you know of any ICANN registrars practicing extortion presumably the relevant legal authorities should be notified. The fact we haven't heard of such cases probably means it doesn't happen. If it did, I agree that reporting such to ICANN would probably be a waste of time.

    The SPAM problem long predates ICANN and would likely be increasing as it is even if ICANN never existed. Simply creating more TLDs isn't even a partial solution to SPAM, spammers use trojans to scan storage devices like hard drives, and use bots to mine the WHOIS and crawl websites and USENET and suchlike to vacuum up email addresses. They look for anything matching the pattern *@*.* . Adding more possibilities to the rightmost wildcard wouldn't make any difference. -g

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