By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
August 20, 2010
The group responsible for managing the Internet's domain name system is
asking Demand Media's eNom division for answers following complaints
from Internet security groups.
ENom, the world's second-largest domain name registrar, came under fire
last week in a report from HostExploit, a volunteer-run anti-malware
research group. According to HostExploit, eNom is host to an unusually
large number of malicious websites and is a preferred domain name
registrar for pharmaceutical spammers.
ICANN now says that it is looking into the matter, according to Kurt
Pritz, senior vice president of services with the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers. Typically, ICANN advises people with
information on illegal activity to take their complaints to law
enforcement. "However, given the serious nature of some of the
allegations made in the HostExploit report, we will ask eNom for their
response and will follow up as appropriate," Pritz said in a statement,
e-mailed to IDG News Service.
HostExploit says that some eNom resellers are violating ICANN rules by
allowing customers to provide false Whois database information, not
following ICANN deletion policy and generally not complying with their
obligations as resellers.
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