Feeds

Apple sucks porn domain names from squatters

'iphonexxxforce.com' forced to come clean

Boost IT visibility and business value

Apple has succeeded in prying loose a gaggle of iPhone-related domain names that were being used by a porn purveyor to redirect to its digital rumpy-pumpy wares.

As The Reg reported earlier this month, Apple filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) alleging misuse of 'iPhone" in the seven domain names in question: the clearly porn-pushing iphonesex4s.com, iphonexxxforce.com, iphoneporn4s.com, and porn4iphones.com; the possibly tittilational iphonecamforce.com and iphonecam4s.com; and the rather demure – though clearly trademark-violating – iphone4s.com.

On Tuesday, Domain Name Wire reported that Apple had dropped the complaint after the domain names were handed over to them. A WhoIs check now shows the names under the ownership of the brand-protection agency MarkMonitor.

Formerly, a WhoIs check showed the identity of the domain name's owner to be protected by Moniker's privacy service, but Domain Name Wire reports that the privacy shield was later removed, showing the owner to be an unnamed Israeli company.

However, despite Apple's victory for decency, proprietry, and brand protection, as of midday Tuesday Cupertino time, all seven domain names still redirected to the decidedly NSFW website Free Naughty for Mobile.

Clearly, some DNS clean-up is still needed. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.