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March 21, 2019 01:13

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Tech giants gunning for AlpNames over new gTLD “abuse”

A small group of large technology companies including Microsoft and Facebook have demanded that ICANN Compliance take a closer look at AlpNames, the budget registrar regularly singled out as a spammers’ favorite. The ad hoc coalition, calling itself the Independent Compliance Working Party, wrote to ICANN last week to ask why the organization is not […]

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Famous Four chair pumps $5.4 million into AlpNames to settle COO lawsuit

Famous Four Media chair Iain Roache has bought out his former COO’s stake in AlpNames, its affiliated registrar, settling a lawsuit between the two men. He’s acquired Charles Melvin’s 20% stake in the company for £3.9 million ($5.4 million), according to a press release. A spokesperson confirmed that the deal settles a lawsuit in the […]

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ICANN urged to crack down on new gTLD abuse

Registries selling dirt-cheap new gTLD domains should be rewarded with lower ICANN fees when they get proactive about abuse, while registrars that turn a blind eye to spammers should be suspended, an ICANN working group will recommend. In its second batch of findings, the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) said that […]

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Dot .Loan domain clawed back by the Registry six months later

Six months after its registration, the domain Edu.Loan has been clawed back by the dot .Loan registry. Citing a “mistake,” the Registrar, AlpNames, notified the domain’s owner that the domain will have to be returned and his $15 dollars was refunded. The notification was shared on NamePros, as follows: “We have been notified by the […]

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Domain spammer using .TOP domains registered at Alpnames

A domain spammer is taking advantage of a current promo at Alpnames, registering dozens of .TOP domains and using them to send out spam. The unscrupulous cybercriminal is using Cloudflare to hide its current location. Dot .TOP ranked as the #3 most abused TLD by SpamHaus in early December; the current ranking raises it to […]

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Schilling, Famous Four rubbish Spamhaus “worst TLD” league

Uniregistry and Famous Four Media have trashed claims by Spamhaus that their gTLDs are are much as 75% spam. FFM says it is “appalled” by the “wholly inaccurate” claims, while Uniregistry boss Frank Schilling said Spamhaus has “totally jumped the shark here.” In a statement to DI today, FFM chief legal officer Oliver Smith said […]

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AlpNames claims to be second-largest new gTLD registrar

A little-known registrar with close ties to Famous Four Media says it is now the second-largest seller of new gTLD domains, after Go Daddy. AlpNames said it has 500,000 new gTLD domains under management, overtaking Network Solutions into the number-two position. Its number for February, the last month for which registry reports are available, has […]

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It’s not rocket science : Domain registrar AlpNames crashed earlier today

After giving away several thousand dot .Science domain names for free, domain registrar AlpNames was unresponsive earlier today. Working with the dot .Science registry, Famous Four Media, AlpNames seems to possess a sense of humor, despite their downtime. Their homepage currently displays the following message: “Science never lets you down… sometimes technology does.” Funny. The […]

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