p2pnet.net News:- “I’m in the market for a new registrar. One who doesn’t immediately bend over for any large corporation who asks.”
He was explaining why he’s had it with GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar.
In the mean spirited, dog-eat-dog world of Big Business, everyone is suing everyone else. That’s normal. But this corporate lust for power and control also spills over into CyberSpace, where openess and freedom are the accepted currencies.
In one of the latest debacles, at the command of Ruper Murdoch’s MySpace, GoDaddy summarily closed Seclists.org which, as CNET News points out, hosts some 250,000 pages of mailing list archives and other resources.
MySpace made the demand, and GoDaddy complied, because a list of thousands of MySpace usernames and passwords was archived on the site, says the story, going on:
“In a move that Seclists.org owner Fyodor Vaskovich said happened with no prior notice, the company deleted his domain name – causing his site to be effectively unreachable for about seven hours on Wednesday until he found out what was happening and removed the password list.
Fyodor said he spent hours on the phone with GoDaddy before he finally got through to someone who was willing to listen, says CNET, which has GoDaddy general counsel Christine Jones stating:
“We tried to contact the registrant, but they were not available at the time. To protect the MySpace users from potentially having private information revealed, we removed the site.”
She claims the episode lasted only about an hour. “But Vaskovich provided CNET News.com with a log of correspondence from GoDaddy that corroborates his version of the story. It indicated that only 52 seconds elapsed from an initial voice mail notification to the time the domain was marked as ‘suspended’.”
“When asked if GoDaddy would remove the registration for a news site like CNET News.com, if a reader posted illegal information in a discussion forum and editors could not be immediately reached over a holiday, Jones replied: ‘I don’t know…It’s a case-by-case basis’.”
CNET News – GoDaddy pulls security site after MySpace complaints, January 25, 2007
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