Spammers are increasingly hiding behind anonymous registrations using Whois privacy services.
A recent article on Silicon.com and subsequently published on ZDNet discusses the use of Whois privacy services for spammers to hide their identities. Many of the identified domains with anonymous registrations are behind large amounts of message board comment spam–mostly for casinos. As a blogger myself, comment spam is a constant battle.
The article references Moniker’s Whois privacy service as one of the big culprits. Moniker CEO Monte Cahn defends Whois privacy, saying “It is similar to not wanting your name listed in the phone book. It is a common and accepted Icann statute for registrars to provide and protect the privacy of clients who wish to be protected.”