Shady Internet registrars could get the boot
- By William Jackson
- Oct 16, 2008
Two Internet registrars who made KnujOn's top 10 list of
worst spam offenders have been sent breach-of-contract notices by
the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and could
lose their accreditation.
ICANN had sent enforcement notices to several domain registrars
identified by KnujOn, an anti-spam organization, as having
registered the majority of illicit Web sites using spam to generate
traffic. KnujOn said 90 percent of Web sites are clustered on just
20 registrars. That represents only 2.5 percent of the 800
registrars accredited by ICANN.
KnujOn founder Garth Bruen focuses on the relatively small
concentration of sites processing illicit transactions as a way of
making the spam problem manageable. KnujOn ' that's no
junk spelled backward ' is an online subscription service
where users can send their spam and other unwanted e-mail. The
service uses the policies of service providers and site hosts that
prohibit spam and deceptive practices to take the offending sites
William Jackson is a senior writer of GCN and the author of the CyberEye blog.