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Network Solutions shuts down 3 Iranian websites

Registrants are agency of the Iranian government or Specially Designated Nationals.

Web.com, parent company of domain name registrar Network Solutions, revealed today that it has shut down three Iranian websites due to the The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012.

In its SEC filing, the company details three organizations that Network Solutions originally sold domain name registrations to from 1999 to 2002, which later renewed their domain names. One is an agency of the Iranian government and the two others appear on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.

Network Solutions locked and deprovisioned the three domains on May 14, 2013. It also placed a transfer lock on the domains. That means that the domain names will eventually expire and the organizations will not be able to renew them through Network Solutions. It seems they’d have to re-register them when they expire.

The three organizations are Valfajr 8th Shipping Line Co SSK, which was designated as an SDN in 2008 (vesc.net); the Iran Marine Industrial Company, which was designated as an SDN in 2012 (sadragroup.com); and the Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization (“IRIMO”), which Web.com believes is an Iranian government organization (irimet.net).

Web.com noted that the registrations were prior to its acquisition of Network Solutions. It is implementing more controls to prevent similar registrations in the future.

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  1. S. Coulson

    This sort of nonsense, locking and expiring domains based on political “disagreements” with the US rather than any actual criminal activity on the part of the domain name holder deligitimizes the internet and underscores the need to put this crucial service into international hands.

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