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'Whois protection service'

  • From: Mark Foster
  • Date: Wed Jan 26 22:27:28 2005

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

Registration Service Provided By:

Domain name:

Registrant Contact: - Ref# 14155933
   Whois Protection Service - (

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

Thanks in advance,

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