Talk radio reports Godaddy registers fraudulent WHOis information
How easy it is for organizations potentially involved in criminal activity to register domain names for unlawful purposes? Just go ask GoDaddy. Genesmedia.com is registered with GoDaddy. But, when we checked, only the email 'firstname.lastname@example.org' was actually functional. The registered telephone number with a (204) area code in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is not functioning. The address also seems to be similarly inaccurate. Another domain name registered to Genesmedia is associated with a +54 country code, that is based in Argentina. According to ICANN, registrars like GoDaddy are required to list accurate and complete WHOis information. But instead, GoDaddy appears to be flagrantly ignoring its legal obligations.
As it turns out, Genesmedia has apparently hijacked many domains from companies that paid for it, and is apparently attempting to operate these domains with false WHOis info. Counter Culture Radio has plans to uncover this example of registrar abuses in its next episode. Anyone seeking be interviewed for a segment on "Registrar Abuses" is invited to contact editors of Counter Culture Radio and The Canadian. E-mail: email@example.com. Go Daddy was contacted about criminal abuses of its registrar process, and to-date has apparently refused to do anything about it.
Go Daddy is apparently allowing the criminal theft of domains with the use of fraudulent WHOis information, and has continued to ignore the rights of individual and companies that are the rightful owners of their domains.
Should internet users think twice about doing business which Go Daddy and other such registrars?
Should ICANN have a more user friendly process to protect internet users from criminal activity?
Are registrars collaborating with potential criminals who are pursuing illegal activities, and who evade scrutiny by operating in countries like Nigeria and Argentina, with U.S. and Canadian WHOis addresses?
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