Feeds

No nudes on .nu: official

Niue reps gets litigious over porn hosting claim

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

The operators of the .nu TLD have taken mighty exception to a recent report by Secure Computing which claimed that the tiny sun-kissed island of Niue was the repository for three million pages of Web depravity.

.NU Domain Ltd - the US-based .nu custodian - is to take legal action against Secure for "making false claims that .NU Domain is hosting millions of pages of pornographic material". Furthermore, it will get out the big stick "against anyone who republishes this inaccurate and defamatory study".

After we first reported on Niue's alleged contribution to the dissemination of filth, we received several letters noting that there is a difference between a website carrying the .nu TLD and it actually being hosted in Niue itself. Fair enough. .NU Domain Ltd, however, is out to make it abundantly clear that not only does it not host Net naughtiness, but that it won't tolerate porn websites under the .nu TLD wherever they're hosted.

.NU Domain Ltd prez J. William Semich lays it on the line thus: "There are no such pornographic Web pages being hosted in Niue or by the .nu top level domain, nor were there ever any such Web pages." He continues: "There are approximately 100,000 .nu domain names currently active on the Internet Worldwide. Since first launching registration services for .nu domain names on the Internet in 1997, .NU Domain Ltd has developed one of the most stringent sets of policies and terms of use of any domain name in the world. Since then, we have deactivitated, revoked or removed about 6,000 names for violating our policies or US laws, including aggressive policies against pornography."

These policies include a financial disincentive to to plant the flag of filth on Niue's shores: "Pornography Web site operators prefer to use the lowest cost domain names for their Web pages," says Semich. "Since they register many domain names - often thousands - for the same pornographic Web site. .NU Domain Ltd requires a two-year registration period to register a .nu domain name, for a total cost of $60 US or 60 Euro. Registrars for .com domain names charge as little as $8 US and only require a one-year registration."

Sadly, neither this fiscal firewall nor "aggressive policies against pornography" appear to have stopped smutmongers peddling their wares from .nu. Indeed, a quick Google search reveals plenty of .nu sites offering a range of delights for the discerning punter. And in case you might be thinking that these websites might be hiding behind innocent-sounding urls - and thereby safe from the rapt attention of anyone on the look-out for foaming-at-the, er, -mouth filth - we reckon that www.interracialporno.nu pretty well does what it says on the tin.

But are there really three million porn pages lurking behind a .nu TLD? Secure Computing's methodology - which also resulted in the Germans being branded the world leader in porn hosting, excluding the US - is given short shrift by Semich: "Rather than being a geographic study of Internet pornography, the Secure Computing report is merely a summation of the total number of Web page URLs the company has listed in its Web site access control filter. The more Web pages it can list in its filter the more protection it can claim to be providing, so in an apparent attempt boost the count, Secure Computing has included thousands of inactive and expired domain names, and the millions of Web pages associated with them, in its SmartFilter(R) v4 Control List. The number of pornographic Web pages it has listed as being associated with the .nu domain name is wildly inflated as a result."

Strong stuff. We await Secure Computing's reply with interest. ®

Related stories

Germany tops porn Web hosting superleague
The porn must go on - US Supreme Court
Dutch web host aided porno typosquatter

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road
It's hard enough to peel the onion, are you hard enough to eat the core?
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?