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Don't take away WHOIS information

  • To: whois-comments@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Don't take away WHOIS information
  • From: Micah Portney <mportney@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 13:09:13 -0500

Just this week, I came across a spammer who had spoofed our email addresses
for our domain to spam with. I was receiving thousands of the bounce back
emails. I read the email and found the landing page that they were
marketing. I was able to look at the landing page domain and search the
WHOIS lookup. I found the owner and called them. Only to find out that this
owner had no idea about computers and never even visited the internet, never
mind owning a domain. Their identity had been stolen to be used to register
a domain that would be used as a landing page to sell products using spam
which they also spoofed other domains to use the sending address. Without
the use of the WHOIS, I never would have been able to track down and prove
to the registrar the crimes that were being committed by this spammer.

Micah Portney
ZEO Health Ltd.


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