Hi, Not only is Verisign squatting on all unregistered domains, via their wildcarding, they are also going after PENDING DELETE, RGP, and ACTIVE domains with no nameservers.
eg. http://www.a2u.net is being redirected to http://sitefinder.verisign.com/lpc?url=www.a2u.net&host=www.a2u.net to make them $$$$$ via Pay-Per-Click. Checking the Registry WHOIS for that one: 09/15/03 15:55:58 whois [EMAIL PROTECTED] whois -h whois.internic.net a2u.net ... Domain Name: A2U.NET Registrar: GO DADDY SOFTWARE, INC. Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com Name Server: NS3.MXDNS.COM Name Server: NS4.MXDNS.COM Status: REDEMPTIONPERIOD Updated Date: 04-sep-2003 Creation Date: 29-aug-2002 Expiration Date: 29-aug-2003 >>> Last update of whois database: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 06:25:09 EDT <<< Now, let's find a domain name that is ACTIVE. Taking a look at the WHOIS for 0c.net: 09/15/03 16:02:15 whois 0c.net .net is a domain of Network services Searches for .net can be run at http://www.crsnic.net/ whois -h whois.crsnic.net 0c.net ... Redirecting to ALICES REGISTRY, INC. whois -h whois.ar.com 0c.net ... RW-Whois: v0.9 Registrant: Buildable Ltd. Harold Whiting box 2177 Santa Barbara, CA 93120 US Domain Name: 0C.NET Status: Administrative Contact: Buildable Ltd. [EMAIL PROTECTED] Harold Whiting box 2177 Santa Barbara, CA 93120 US 805-886-4164 Billing Contact: Buildable Ltd. [EMAIL PROTECTED] Harold Whiting box 2177 Santa Barbara, CA 93120 US 805-886-4164 Technical Contact: Buildable Ltd. [EMAIL PROTECTED] Harold Whiting box 2177 Santa Barbara, CA 93120 US 805-886-4164 Record created on 10-Jun-2003 Record expires on 10-Jun-2004 Domain servers in listed order: It doesn't expire until 2004. Even the Registry WHOIS validates this: 09/15/03 16:04:18 whois [EMAIL PROTECTED] whois -h whois.internic.net 0c.net ... Whois Server Version 1.3 Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net for detailed information. Domain Name: 0C.NET Registrar: ALICES REGISTRY, INC. Whois Server: whois.ar.com Referral URL: http://www.ar.com Name Server: No nameserver Status: ACTIVE Updated Date: 10-jun-2003 Creation Date: 10-jun-2003 Expiration Date: 10-jun-2004 >>> Last update of whois database: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 06:25:09 EDT <<< Yet, Verisign Registry has no qualms about resolving: http://www.0c.net/ to go to: http://sitefinder.verisign.com/lpc?url=www.0c.net&host=www.0c.net Who needs John Zuccarini, when you have Verisign!?!?!?! Looks like Verisign has proven once and for all that the ICANN Board is full of spineless jellyfish, and needs to be replaced with the ITU. At least with the ITU, we don't have paid jingles appearing when we misdial a telephone number. Disgusted, George Kirikos http://www.kirikos.com/