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ICANN's "Add Grace Period" being abused

By BJHacker in Internet
Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 10:44:59 AM EST
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Of more than 35 million domain names registered in May 2006, less than 3 million were legitimate! The remaining 92% were dropped within five days without incurring registration fees. A loophole in the ICANN regulations permits domain registrars to delete a registration within five days a receive a full refund. This has led to a growing practice dubbed Domain Name Kiting.


As decribed by Larry Setzler from eWeek.com, unscrupulous registrars are utilizing this loophole in a massive "tasting" or "kiting" scheme where names are temporarily registered and ad-filled parking pages created. If the domain names receive enough hits on their temporary sites, the names are kept, the remainder are dropped under the Add Grace Period (AGP) and any registration fees are refunded.

The AGP was originally intended to allow domain registrars to cancel domains due to typos, fraudulent use of credit cards and so forth. Registrars pay $6 to Verisign per domain registration, but the entire fee is refunded if the name is dropped within five days - no questions asked. Registrars who continually abuse this system are never questioned and millions of domains are registered, then dropped every month.

Bob Parsons, outspoken CEO of GoDaddy, has blogged about about the issue, even offering proposed solutions, yet ICANN and Verisign refuse to do anything. This is a rapidly growing problem that needs to be addressed.

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ICANN's "Add Grace Period" being abused | 24 comments (11 topical, 13 editorial, 0 hidden)
hoo hoo funny (1.11 / 9) (#1)
by karl xxii on Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 10:51:29 AM EST



oh man (2.00 / 14) (#2)
by indubitable on Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 11:27:37 AM EST

coffee is some evil blog. i had to get my blog together and haul ass to the toilet before i blogged all over everything. that was one high pressure blog. i couldn't help myself -- i made a mess of things and there's still blog splattered all over the walls. sucks to be a janitor in my building.

What kind of sick fuck doesn't want to roger some dude wearing a bear suit?

HAY GUYS WE R A GOOD GUY REGISTRAR (2.20 / 10) (#3)
by The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy on Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 11:29:15 AM EST

LOOK AT US FIGHTING THE BAD DUDES. LOL WHAT YOU'RE A PORN SITE? UR REGISTRATION = CANCELLED DUDE!

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I'm a pompous windbag, I take myself far too seriously, and I single-handedly messed up K5 by causing the fiction section to be created. --localroger

The way I heerd it (3.00 / 9) (#5)
by rpresser on Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 01:08:39 PM EST

it's worse than just "drop if we don't get enough hits" ... the bastards drop after five days and re-register the same domain on the sixth day ... so they get their domain for free, all month long, forever.

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"In terms of both hyperbolic overreaching and eventual wrongness, the Permanent [Republican] Majority has set a new, and truly difficult to beat, standard." --rusty
Resection to MLP, give the 'culture' types (2.50 / 2) (#8)
by debacle on Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 03:36:30 PM EST

More info.

I think this is sort of worth voting up.

Then again, you are a nullo.

I don't like nullos.

It tastes sweet.

Make 'em hurt (3.00 / 9) (#10)
by b1t r0t on Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 10:24:06 PM EST

The suggestion given when this hit digg a few days ago was to search for a bogus domain name like ifjaspofiaef.com, then when they "taste" it, give it lots of random hits for a month (this works best when you have a botnet), in an attempt to get them to register it for actual money.

As to how they get the domain names in the first place, it is suspected that this is done through referrer headers sent to web ad servers, where the referring URL contains the "?q=domainname.com" part of the domain query. (which could have been avoided by using a POST request) If you gotta look for a domain name and don't want to find it registered five minutes later, fire up Linux or OS X and do your whois query from the command line.

-- Indymedia: the fanfiction.net of journalism.

The internet is martial law (3.00 / 10) (#12)
by BottleRocket on Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 10:54:13 PM EST

I like it. It's just like the old west. You got the sheriff, the deputies, the prospectors, the drunks, and the outlaws. Except now it's better because there's no dust and you get shit for free.

Now that the government has tried to get involved, it's getting even more interesting. They still don't really understand what's going on, but they suppose they should be involved somehow.

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Yes I do download [child pornography], but I don't keep it any longer than I need to, so it can yield insight as to how to find more. --MDC
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Yes, that is right. (3.00 / 11) (#13)
by Kasreyn on Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 11:41:08 PM EST

You do indeed, get shit. And it's free.


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
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This isn't about your mother (2.66 / 6) (#14)
by BottleRocket on Tue Jul 25, 2006 at 12:11:59 AM EST

But I compliment your timing and delivery. They undermine my self-worth.

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Some people play tennis, (3.00 / 2) (#16)
by Kasreyn on Tue Jul 25, 2006 at 01:26:37 AM EST

I erode the human soul.

Yes, I am an unoriginal hack.


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
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Truly (none / 0) (#24)
by Zap Brannigan on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 04:19:50 PM EST

Free AIDS

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