ICANN moves forward with de-accreditation of EstDomains, related spam host cut off.
Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is moving forward with terminating EstDomains, a domain registrar managing about 280,000 domain names. EstDomains had come under fire for managing a high amount of domain names used for spam, spyware, and other nefarious activities. EstDomains was a reseller under Directi, parent company of domain parking provider Skenzo.
In the end, ICANN found an easier way to terminate EstDomains, by citing the conviction of its CEO on cybercrimes. EstDomains challenged the termination by saying that the CEO had already stepped down from his position at the company. But this week ICANN said it found against EstDomains and was moving forward.
Ultimately, it was research by The Washington Post that helped bring down the registrar. In a related story, a Washington Post investigation led to yesterday’s shut down of alleged spam host McColo Corp. Many of the domains registered at EstDomains were linked to spam servers at McColo Corp. According to news reports, spam was down by two-thirds to three-quarters yesterday following the shut down of McColo.
EstDomains customers may transfer their domain names to other ICANN accredited domain name registrars according to the procedures in ICANN’s Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy. Any domains not transferred out will be transferred to another registrar, probably within the next 4 to 6 weeks. ICANN is currently reviewing applications from other registrars to take over the EstDomains-managed domains. As I’ve pointed out previously, the make up of EstDomains-managed domains should make any registrar think twice before taking them on.
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