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Showing posts from January 19, 2005

Australian Firm Takes Blame for U.S. Domain Name Hijack

Domain registrar admits approving unauthorized domain transfer. Paul Roberts, IDG News Service Tuesday, January 18, 2005 An Australian company that manages Internet domain name registrations acknowledged that it was partially responsible for a Web domain hijacking that left Public Access Networks, a New York Internet hosting company, without an Internet address over the weekend. An error by Melbourne IT allowed fraudsters using stolen credit cards to take control of, Public Access Networks' Internet domain, early Saturday, according to Ed Ravin, a Panix system administrator. The hijacking deprived some Panix customers of e-mail access for two days, and shone a light on what some contend are holes in the system for managing Internet domain transfers, according to Ravin and others. Panix regained control of its Internet domain Monday, after Melbourne IT reversed the registration change that transferred ownership of to an unknown party Saturday night.