.NU Domain Ltd Shuts Down Rogue Web Site’s Name Servers
.NU Domain Ltd Invokes Strong Internet Policies Against Deceptive Use of Domain Names
SHERBORN, MA, April 21, 1999 — The .NU Domain Ltd, the fastest growing domain on the Internet, today announced that it has shut down domain name server support for a rogue Internet entrepreneur who has reportedly been copying legitimate web site addresses and pointing them to his pornographic web sites. The company also put the rogue Internet entrepreneur on notice that all of the .NU domain names he has registered will be revoked if he does not publicly come forward and completely identify himself within 24 hours.
This Internet hacker has registered 25 domain names with the .NU Domain Ltd over the past few months. He also signed up to use .NU Domain’s InstantWeb service for his domain name server support.
In addition to being the exclusive registrar for .NU domains on the Internet, .NU Domain Ltd offers an additional line of business called the InstantWeb, which helps small office/home office users get up on the Internet quickly and easily.
“By using our InstantWeb name servers to point to his real web site, the hacker had hoped to hide his Web’s location and keep it from being traced,” said J. William Semich, president of the .NU Domain Ltd.
However, by using an Internet Protocol (IP) address ‘who is’ lookup service at www.arin.net, similar to the lookup used to track down the Melissa hacker, the .NU Domain Ltd determined that the bogus web sites were actually being hosted by an ISP in Wisconsin.
The registrant of these 25 domain names, who has listed his name as Carlos Pereira and his location as Portugal, has been given 24 hours notice to verify the information in his domain name application. If he can not do that, then the 25 domain names will be revoked completely.
The .NU Domain Ltd has provided information to the original complainant who’s web site has been hacked, on how to contact the ISP, in order for him to take action.
“This kind of use is a direct violation of the .NU Domain’s InstantWeb service’s anti-pornography policy,” said Semich. The .NU InstantWeb provides name server services, e-mail forwarding, web forwarding and mini web hosting services. Its policy excludes the use of the InstantWeb for pornographic material.
In addition, the terms and conditions of use for registration of a .NU domain name requires that all contact information for registrants be complete and verifiable or the domain name risks being revoked. The policy also precludes use of .NU domain names for any unlawful purpose, for spamming or for trademark violation (www.nunames.nu/pricing.htm).
“We began investigating this matter as soon as it was brought to our attention. It is uncertain if the domain names are being used for unlawful purposes, but if that is proven by a responsible authority, the domain names will also be revoked immediately,” said Semich.
About .NU Domain Ltd
.NU Domain Ltd., a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s. (NASDAQ:NSOL) .com domain name. The .NU Domain Ltd. targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. The .NU domain is the fastest growing TLD on the Internet. It has registered about 35,000 .NU domain names on the Internet during the past 20 months and registrations of .NU domain names have doubled in the past six months.
Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.
The list of registered .NU domain names ranges from personal sites like the Black Velvet Dart Team in Sweden at www.blackvelvet.nu to names registered by large corporations including Dell Computer Corporation at www.dell.nu, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at www.renault.nu, Visa International at www.visa.nu, International Data Group Corp. at www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at www.coca-cola.nu, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at www.goodyear.nu, Hasbro, Inc. and Netscape Communication’s Corp.
.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address, and .NU InstantWeb Plus which is a complete Web package, including .NU Domain Name, Web Hosting or Web Forwarding and E-Mail forwarding capabilities. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.