whois – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/files/2016/01/cropped-favico-32x32.png whois – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk 32 32 Start-up company wants to be your domain name private investigator https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1476/start-up-company-wants-to-be-your-domain-name-private-investigator/ Mon, 28 Jun 2010 20:09:21 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1476/start-up-company-wants-to-be-your-domain-name-private-investigator/ private investigator
NameDepot.com, Inc., a start-up unheard of until recently, has filed a trademark application for a technology called “RealRegistrant” to, “to obtain information about the owner or registrant of a domain name when the WHOIS information is obscured by a domain name WHOIS Privacy or Proxy service”

For those too lazy to read, the technology supposedly has the ability to bypass WHOIS privacy services and find the legitimate owner of a domain. The company claims trademark owners can use its service to help gain control of infringing names, but whether or not it works is another question.

Most WHOIS privacy services only yield to search warrants from law enforcement agencies or similar requests. I really don’t see how any technology can legally get around a domain registration proxy service.

5 Indispensable DNS Tools https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1398/5-indispensable-dns-tools/ Mon, 07 Jun 2010 14:46:21 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1398/5-indispensable-dns-tools/ DNS MX check
1. Traceroute – With this quick tool, you can trace the network path from your server to any destination, including your house. If you ever have connection problems with your website or server, this tool may give you clues.

2. IP Whois – Find out what a website’s true IP address is, where it originates, who owns it, and more.

3. Reverse DNS – Test reverse DNS to make sure your server is setup correctly according to Internet protocols.

4. SPAM DB Lookup – Is your website or server on the spam list? This tool will tell you if you need to do some housecleaning or beefing up of security.

5. DNS Lookup – Make sure all of your DNS records (A, CNAME, MX, and more) are setup correctly.

There are websites that have all of these tools available either for free or for small fees. You can also perform many of them from the Linux command line, if that is available to you.

Protecting Your Whois Information https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1241/protecting-your-whois-information/ Fri, 23 Apr 2010 20:02:34 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1241/protecting-your-whois-information/ Wikimedia whois information
If you run a company and have your domain registered under the name of that company, having your Whois information public might actually do your business some good. If something ever goes wrong with your website, Internet-savvy customers will still know how to contact you.

But if you are an individual or someone running a controversial website, having your name out there for everyone to see, might make you uncomfortable. Unfortunately, Internet rules govern that the contact information on your domain be current (i.e. your present address, reachable phone number, etc.).

There are some companies, including many registrars that offer domain privacy for an additional fee. It is, however, unclear how much privacy they actually provide. Some of these companies have been known to hand over contact information of registrants with little persuasion from law enforcement or other government entities in various countries. If you absolutely need privacy and have no other options, the best thing you can do is not use your home address, phone number, or your primary email address.

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ICANN releases list of proposed WHOIS reforms https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1210/icann-releases-list-of-proposed-whois-reforms/ Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:30:03 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1210/icann-releases-list-of-proposed-whois-reforms/ whois databaseThere’s been a lot of talk lately about reforming WHOIS. In an effort to make good on its vows to improve the system, ICANN released a document entitled “Inventory of WHOIS Service Requirements.” The document (PDF) lays out a number of proposals for fixing the broken domain owner contact database.

Some of the proposed changes are major. If approved, people would now have the ability to look up domains by owner. This would allow you to see who owns what domains. It would also greatly increase the amount of contact data provided about registrants, including instant message and Twitter screen names. Contact data would also undergo stricter validation.

I don’t know if I would necessarily want to give the world my AIM username, but for the most part, I think ICANN’s proposals make sense. WHOIS is in terrible shape right now and desperately needs an overhaul.

Source | Domain Incite

SOCA calls for better WHOIS accuracy https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1109/soca-calls-for-better-whois-accuracy/ Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:46:48 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1109/soca-calls-for-better-whois-accuracy/ nca socaCiting recent statistics issued by ICANN stating that 3/4 of WHOIS data is inaccurate, Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is calling for more rigorous accuracy requirements.

SOCA says it is too easy for organised crime to fake domain contact data and wants ICANN to make falsifying contact data more difficult. This would make it much easier to track down scammers, phishers, and other cyber criminals.

Short of verifying every domain registrant’s contact data and instituting criminal penalties for data-fakers, I really don’t see how this is going to happen. Even if more stringent efforts were taken, I’m sure criminals would find a way to bypass them. After all, don’t criminals still manage to get credit cards, passports, and drivers’ licenses all the time?

ICANN: 77% of WHOIS data inaccurate https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1006/icann-77-of-whois-data-inaccurate/ Wed, 17 Feb 2010 20:22:52 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1006/icann-77-of-whois-data-inaccurate/ sherlock holmes statue
A study conducted by ICANN on five gTLDs (including .com and .net) reveals that 77% of WHOIS data is at least partially inaccurate. In addition, only 46% of domain owners in the study could be successfully contacted.

ICANN talked with a number of domain owners and found that they did not provide correct WHOIS information for two main reasons: privacy and carelessness. Many were unaware that WHOIS even exists or did not consider domain ownership much of a responsibility.

I think doing this study was a good idea and domain owners need to be made more aware of their obligation to provide accurate contact information. As someone who has used the WHOIS database in the past to contact site owners, I can say it’s often a hit-or-miss affair.

Whois searching from the Linux command line https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/947/whois-searching-from-the-linux-command-line/ Mon, 01 Feb 2010 18:01:21 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/946/whois-searching-from-the-linux-command-line/ Domain in grasp
There are many web-based Whois search tools and even some desktop ones available for free use, but with the “whois” command on your Linux server, you can use it to perform more complex tasks and even automate the process. For example, you can type:

whois internetblog.org.uk

It will return the registrar, registration status, the date it was registered, renewal date, name servers, address of the registrant, and other important information. Now, if you wanted to automatically send that information to a file, enter:

whois internetblog.org.uk > whois-list

Now, you can continue adding to that list:

whois anydomain.tld >> whois-list

This will append the whois information from the second domain under the information from the first. You can use any Linux/Unix command that can be used to manipulate output to customize the results of your Whois search. For more information about “whois”, type: “man whois” from the command line.

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Domain name check https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/740/domain-name-check/ Wed, 02 Dec 2009 16:40:16 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/740/domain-name-check/ address bar
A simple domain name check can reveal quite a bit of information. Whenever a name is registered, the owner’s contact information is entered into a large database known as WHOIS
— an Internet phone book of sorts.. It can be very useful for finding the owner of a particular site as well as determining when a given domain expires.

The database can be searched using a number of free sites. My favorite is Whois.sc. In addition to all the information normally included in WHOIS, the tool will reveal the DNS servers used by the domain, how many sites are hosted on the same IP as the name, how many times it has changed hands, and more.

Unfortunately, WHOIS isn’t perfect. Domain owners can opt into a third party privacy protection service to remove their personal information from the database, or sometimes list incorrect information on purpose.

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Judge rules WHOIS privacy constitutes “material falsification” https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/638/judge-rules-whois-privacy-constitutes-material-falsification/ Wed, 04 Nov 2009 14:55:14 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/638/judge-rules-whois-privacy-constitutes-material-falsification/ court building
Recently there has been heated debate about whether or not WHOIS privacy protection, an inexpensive service that lets domain registrants hide their contact information from the public, should be allowed.

In the recent case U.S. v Kilbride, an American judge ruled that using privacy protection constitutes “material falsification.” The defendant was on trial for spamming.

The ruling does not make the use of domain privacy protection illegal. Rather, the judge believed the spammer on trial was using it as a means to evade the authorities.

Keep in mind that privacy protection services will reveal your contact information if presented with a valid subpoena. This can often be a problem for law enforcement officials, however, as the document can sometimes take weeks or months to obtain. Then again, there is nothing stopping an individual from faking contact information from the get-go.

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ICANN conducts study on WHOIS privacy https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/544/icann-conducts-study-on-whois-privacy/ Mon, 05 Oct 2009 04:28:43 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/543/icann-conducts-study-on-whois-privacy/ suitcase girl hiding
WHOIS privacy protection is a great way to keep your personal information safe from solicitors. In an effort to keep up with the latest domain trends, ICANN is currently conducting a study on the usage of the service and its implications.

Preliminary results reveal that some 15-25% of domain registrations in the WHOIS database have owner contact data that is limited in some way. This is from a survey of 2,400 TLDs.

ICANN wants to know more about private registrations for several reasons. Most notably, it is concerned that cyber criminals could be using privacy services to evade authorities. The agency also wants to evaluate the misuse of contact data in the WHOIS database.

Source | PC World
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