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'Whois protection service'
Hi folks. Don't post a lot here but i'm figuring you folks will know more about this than my local NOG... When investigating a host that spammed me today, I noted that when I whois'd the domain that the mailserver involved has forward/reverse dns pair for, the domain whois information comes up as follows: Found crsnic referral to whois.enom.com. Registration Service Provided By: Registerfly.com Contact: email@example.com Visit: http://www.RegisterFly.com Domain name: xmux.com Registrant Contact: RegisterFly.com - Ref# 14155933 Whois Protection Service - ProtectFly.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) I'm unsure how appropriate it is to post anything more specific in the open forum, but i've never seen this before. Whats the deal with hiding a domain name owners true identity? Is this not simply yet another protect-the-spammers mechanism? I followed up the chain - the authoritive DNS servers for the domain in question are hosts within a different domain, and this also has the same protection engaged.... Is this old hat or something new? Is this still conformant to standard .com/net registrant rules and regs? (here in .nz, the registry information is required to be current and valid, and i've never seen a Registrar pass itself off as the owner of a domain before (at least in any legitimate situation)) Thanks in advance, Mark.