Spam on Anti-Spam Services: Private Domain Registration

October 23rd, 2006

Domain registration services are now jumping into the private domain registration market, offering workaround to ICANN policies:

ICANN, the international governing body for domain names, requires every Registrar to maintain a publicly accessible “WHOIS” database displaying all contact information for all domain names registered.

Of course protecting personal information has advantages, all of which go with marketing of these services:

  • Stop domain-related spam
  • Deter identity theft & fraud
  • Prevent harassers & stalkers
  • End data mining
  • Protect your family’s privacy

The service is offered for an additional fee, and the market is huge..

What concerns me though is how these services are used by spammers. I recently stumbled across illegitimate use when looking up a couple of domains (1, 2) associated with spam blogs/splogs. On further investigation I noticed that these services are in use by a host of other splogs.

I just submitted a report to DomainsByProxy about some questionable domains. Are they responsive to such reports? Well, I don’t know. Stay tuned.