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  • Doh! Miami Blog Confused by Moniker Privacy Services, Connects it to Child Porn

    1. BY - Apr 27, 2011
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    Blogger doesn’t understand what Moniker Privacy Services is — and suggests the company is profiting off of child porn.

    I’ve said many times that offering whois privacy or proxy services isn’t free. Here’s another example.

    A blog post on Miami New Times says that Moniker Privacy Services:

    has registered at least five porn sites still featuring the video and X-rated screenshots — seven months after a family member left comments on the sites warning: “This is child pornography and your site can and will face charges!”

    The sites in question supposedly host a porn video with an underage star.

    Of course Moniker Privacy Services is just a whois proxy service. But technically it is the registrant of the domain names.

    The blog suggests that Moniker is a shady company, and says that it managed to “track down” the owners. The owners, of course, are Oversee.net.

    It promises to expose more about the company:

    Tomorrow, we’ll bring you more information on Moniker Privacy Services, one of the dirtiest internet-based companies we’ve encountered — and that’s saying a lot

    My guess is the authors don’t realize what Moniker Privacy Services is.

    That said, this is another example of how offering a privacy or proxy service isn’t free. It’s also a perfect example of why these services need to have a process for handling complaints. Go Daddy, for example, immediately unmasks the whois in the case of a dispute.

    Moniker Privacy Services has been pulled into extensive lawsuits before, including one with Transamerica.

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