Feeds

FTC puts domain pre-registration on its dot con list

In time for some more ICANN conspiracy theory

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The Federal Trade Commission has put the issue of pre-registration services on its list of dot cons. A new message alert has been put on the government body's Web site entitled "What's Dot and What's Not: Domain Name Registration Scams".

The controversy over the new domains is still raging but the trouble with pre-registration started off at the end of September when ICANN posted an article saying the practice was premature. And strictly it is: because ICANN has only now decided on what top-level domains it will grant us to use and now it has to decide on who it wishes to run each TLD.

However, as we reported when this article came out, registrar Regland.com was very unimpressed with ICANN. It has been running a .web service without ICANN's official approval and saw the secretive organisation's move as an attempt to discredit it before the new TLD owners were decided.

That said, there are inevitably some con artists that are using the confusion over the TLDs and the crazed need of people to get hold of sites on the new domains to make some sly cash. According to the FTC "consumers are getting fax and email solicitations that offer a chance at a new top level domain name, for a fee, as soon as it becomes available. Some unscrupulous registration services are guaranteeing new top-level domain names or promising preferential treatment in the registration process. But, the agency cautions, these offers are premature."

The FTC also has more faith in ICANN that we ever will. Apparently "if ICANN decides to add top level domain names to the current mix (e.g., .org, .com and .net), it is likely to set rules about their availability and allocation to ensure fair access by all." Fair access by all? Yeah, right. ®

Related Link
FTC alert

Related Stories
The Top Ten Net con tricks
ICANN steps over mark - again

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.