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ICANN has sent enforcement notices and notices of concern to certain registrars, including those reported this week as being the registrars for the majority of websites advertised in spam emails.
Earlier this week, an investigation by KnujOn, widely reported online, publicly identified 10 registrars as being the companies used to register the majority of domain names that have since appeared in spam email messages.
More than half of those registrars named had already been contacted by ICANN prior to publication of KnujOnís report, and the remainder have since been notified following an analysis of other sources of data, including ICANNís internal database.
ICANN Notifies Top Web Spam Registrars [icann.org]
ICANN hasn't assessed a fine. ICANN hasn't imposed a penalty. All ICANN has done is send a message to certain registrars saying "You're supposed to do this and not do that and there can be consequences if you don't follow the rules".
Well, guess what ICANN?
Everyone already knew that and they did it anyway.
Someone needed to be taken to the woodshed.
[edited by: Webwork at 12:32 pm (utc) on May 30, 2008]
No surprise that China takes the Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Registrar Spamming Olympics.
But six of the ten are US-based, eNom and Moniker being respectively first and second for spam site volume. Email spam is not a Chinese phenomenon, rather the majority of spam is sent by and aimed at US residents. Of course, no-one is seriously claiming that eNom and Moniker are spammers, just that they need to tighten up their policies on false whois information.
I remember back in the day Joker was one of the worst offenders. And I ended up moving all my domains to Godaddy because they had a stern policy against spammers, so I wanted to reward them with my business.
I think they're doing pretty well these days. Maybe being a good netizen does pay off in the end.
Many registrars turn conveniently a blind eye to complaints they receive about spam out of sheer greed.
What's the difference between "sheer greed" and plain ol' greed?
I didn't know that about Godaddy. That's good to hear because I'm setting up some new domains with them on their servers and I may go with them.