In the past we've pointed readers in private email and publicly to use whois to find out who's behind domainnames and IP addresses.
Over the years we've seen the whois system deteriorate for domainnames with -paid for- anonymous registrations, with systems that point you to website where you have to interact with the website instead of continuing on the command line, with results that come back as gifs instead of text etc.
But today I was dealing with a .name registration that's likely up to no good, but on the odd chance there was a real company behind it I checked it out in whois:
$ whois [suppressed].name
Ok, nothing of use here, it's basicaly a "see http://www.whois.name/"
On to that website, - it's actually a redirect to https://whois.nic.name/ :
You basically have 3 options:
I guess I need to say thanks to those who created and run .name for this "wonderful" scheme. I'm sure those up to no good will love you for it.
Before we get flooded by reactions: I can be sympathetic to privacy, but if you have something to say (email, web, ... something that needs a domainname) I want to have the right to know who you are and I want those giving you the domainname to verify you are who you are before letting you have the domainname. If you cannot safely say what you want to say unless you are anonymous: don't get a domainname, there's plenty of services out there to get a message across without your very own domainname.
Sep 22nd 2007
1 decade ago