Network Solutions Registers!?
Date: Tuesday May 14 2002, @10:42AM
Topic: Verisign/NSI

jdsallen1 writes "From Michael Geist's ILN:

NETWORK SOLUTIONS APPARENTLY LIKES DOT-BZ Thanks to an ILN reader for pointing out an interesting registration in the dot-bz domain (the Belize domain)., which looks very similar to the official, is actually registered to competitor Network Solutions, which points the domain to Afilias, the dot-info registrar. Belize has adopted the ICANN UDRP -- no word on whether NSI will find itself subject to a claim for what looks like a bad faith registration. Whois record at (see below)
Update (5/14): As noted by our first poster, some time between May 5 and 14, NSI started pointing this domain to the right place. The question remains, why this happened at all?"

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   Domain Name:
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS23.WORLDNIC.COM
   Name Server: NS24.WORLDNIC.COM
   Updated Date: 08-mar-2002

}}}Last update of whois database: Sun, 5 May 2002 19:00:16 EDT {{{

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Re: Network Solutions Registers!?
by fnord ( on Tuesday May 14 2002, @11:59AM (#6332)
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In search of an archived version I tried No luck. Then Google. No luck. Google does have one single solitary hit for though, and a very good one it is. -g
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THIS IS A PRANK blown out of proportion!
by Undecided on Tuesday May 14 2002, @03:54PM (#6338)
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That quoted whois output doesn't say that Network Solutions is the registrant of, it says it's the registrar. Please tell me everyone here understands the difference!

In fact, the whois server at NetSol says that Afilias is the registrant of, so Verisign is just the go-between. You can't blame this one on NSI unless you're one of the trademark-facists who thinks registrars are supposed to vet every domain name registered through them. The whois listing:

Afilias Inc. (JKTPIJQWYD)
660 Newtown/Yardley Road
Newtown, PA 19067

Domain Name: NEULEVEL.BZ

Administrative Contact:
Afilias Inc. (CDYDRPXLCO)
Afilias Inc.
660 Newtown/Yardley Road
Newtown, PA 19067
866.368.4636 fax: 215.504.1758
Technical Contact:
VeriSign, Inc. (HOST-ORG) namehost@WORLDNIC.NET
VeriSign, Inc.
21355 Ridgetop Circle
Dulles, VA 20166
Fax- -

Record expires on 08-Mar-2003.
Record created on 08-Mar-2002.
Database last updated on 14-May-2002 21:11:13 EDT.

Domain servers in listed order:


Also, I'm suspicious of the Admin Contact e-mail for this domain. Why would Afilias (or Verisign, for that matter,) use for e-mail? The admin contact for uses

A Google search for "" turns up a few posts to Usenet groups about patents, and a subscriber list for IFWP mailing list. (Everyone remembers the IFWP, right?)

I don't think Afilias or Verisign is the real registrant of . This is just somebody messing with our minds.
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Re: Network Solutions Registers!?
by fnord ( on Friday May 17 2002, @07:15AM (#6432)
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And while we're on the subject, is following a twisted path. It was previously registered and then became part of a drop of about 17,000 non-renewed .ca domain names in January 2002. It was re-registered and is now for sale, minimum $500. -g
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