Friday, August 1, 2008

Lost my domain name registration this week

Well, if you are seeing this post then the site DNS has finally propagated around to your corner of the world. It seems the DNS hosting I had setup decided to expire my DNS management module, so all of the settings just disappeared.

I took a closer look at the WHOIS information and it seems my auto-renewal system failed with some old credit card information. No warning from my registration company (Names Direct), just let it free.

The results were that my domain got hijacked by a pill selling spammer. A bit of research showed that the following person thought they were being rather sneaky:

PANINA, NATALIA olcrafty@gmail.com
67-87 Hlopina street
St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg 197729
RU
+7.8202506400

Feel free to spam or bash the site...

I have migrated my site over to http://www.schabell.org and when you can read this post it will have hit the DNS near you.

Let this be a lesson to those of you out there, auto-renewals are not worth the crappy service they implement at registration companies (I am holding back their name, even though I should dump this on the Internet). I am so disappointed to lose my original domain, registered in June 2001 - June 2008...

4 comments:

  1. Da's een rot streek, maar deze naam past wel beter bij jou denk je niet?

    - Grtz Roel

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  2. Hey Roelie!!!

    This domain does fit my style a bit better, but just to be sure I pulled in .us, .net, en .org. ;-)

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  3. I'll smack you friday for not getting .nl ;-)

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  4. Interesting side note here, this last month the domain name schabell dot com was released. I get an email from some squatters trying to get me to pay for it:
    ================================
    "Following up about the domain schabell.com:

    I am going to list schabell.com for sale in a couple days. At the moment I am trying to reach people who might be interested in buying schabell.com. I found you as a prospect, because you own a similar domain. Should you be interested in this name - I'd be glad to consider your offer.

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Sincerely,
    Arthur Simmons
    InTrust Domains
    PO Box 88049
    Colorado Springs, CO 80908"
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    You must be kidding. So I watched it as it happened and now there is another squatter behind a privacy company that has registered it:

    Domain Name: SCHABELL.COM
    Registrar: ALPINE DOMAINS INC.
    Whois Server: whois.alpinedomains.com
    Referral URL: http://www.alpinedomains.com
    Name Server: NS1.PROXY-DNS.COM
    Name Server: NS2.PROXY-DNS.COM
    Status: ok
    Updated Date: 06-sep-2010
    Creation Date: 06-sep-2010
    Expiration Date: 06-sep-2011

    Good luck with that...

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