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Network Solutions holding domains hostage

Tue, 8th January 2008, 22:24

Network Solutions, one of the few companies left in the domain registration world that I had retained my trust in has just bit off a bit more than they can chew. Slashdot & a number of other sites are running stories about Network Solutions purchasing domain names immediately after a user checks if they're available.

 DomainNameNews has some additional information on the story:

Domain Registrar Network Solutions Front Running On Whois Searches

"A story is developing regarding domain name registrar Network Solutions front running domains. According to multiple sources on DomainState.com, it appears that domains searched via NSI are being purchased by the registrar thereby preventing a registrant from purchasing it at any other registrar other than NSI. As an example, a random domain which DNN searches such as HowDoesThisDomainTasteTaste.com can be seen in this whois search to now be unavailable to register at other registrars but at NSI it can be purchased"

While purchasing domain names in advance to resell them to clients isn't directly forbidden by the ICANN rules and terms of service, it certainly leaves a bad taste in anyones' mouth who uses Network Solutions to search for available domains.

In the future use sources like Enom or Namecheap to search for available domains. Stay safe!

This isn't the first provider to have done so but it's certainly the most vocal, given Network Solutions' size. A number of providers in the past have been caught redhanded with similar tactics.

More information regarding this story is available at Slashdot and Dotsauce:

Network Solutions Scandal: Hijacking users' domain name searches
Network Solutions Scandal: Registering Every Domain Checked