EstDomains

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EstDomains was a website hosting provider and a Delaware corporation headquartered in downtown Tartu, Estonia.[1][2][3] EstDomains was known for hosting websites with malware, child pornography, and other illegal content.[1][4] Brian Krebs of the Washington Post stated that EstDomains "appeared to be the registrar of choice for the infamous Russian Business Network."[1] EstDomains was one of the largest domain registrars in the world.[3] By 2007 EstDomains gained a reputation for hosting illegal content.[5]

The CEO, Vladimir Tšaštšin (also known as "SCR"), received a prison sentence for credit card fraud, document forgery, and money laundering.[1][3] His conviction occurred on 6 February 2008.[6] On 28 October 2008, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it would revoke the accreditation of EstDomains because of the CEO's convictions; the revocation would occur on 12 November 2008.[7][8] On 29 October ICANN said it would delay shutting down EstDomains, pending a review. EstDomains said that Tsastsin had resigned on June of that year and that his conviction is on appeal,[9] while EstDomains had not notified ICANN of the change.[6] On 12 November 2008 ICANN announced that EstDomains would be shut down on 24 November 2008.[10] According to ICANN, when the accreditation was terminated, EstDomains had 281,000 domain names. On Tuesday 25 November 2008 web host ResellerClub announced that it is taking over EstDomains's business.[11]

Iain Thompson of Australian PC Authority ranked Tšaštšin as the tenth worst technology business chief executive.[12]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Krebs, Brian. "EstDomains: A Sordid History and a Storied CEO." The Washington Post. 8 September 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.
  2. "Support Details." Estdomains. 25 March 2006. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Case EstDomains." F-Secure. 29 October 2008. Retrieved on 15 September 2009.
  4. Krebs, Brian. "A Superlative Scam and Spam Site Registrar." The Washington Post. 8 September 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.
  5. "Russian spam murder spins web hoax." PC Pro. 12 October 2007. Retrieved on 16 September 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Danchev, Dancho. "Cybercrime friendly EstDomains loses ICANN registrar accreditation." ZDNet. 29 October 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.
  7. Krebs, Brian. "ICANN De-Accredits EstDomains for CEO's Fraud Convictions." The Washington Post. 29 October 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.
  8. "Notice of Termination of ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement." Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. 28 October 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.
  9. Kirk, Jeremy. "ICANN Delays Shutting Down Spammy Estonian Registrar." PC World. Thursday 30 October 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.
  10. "Termination of Registrar EstDomains to Go Ahead." Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. 12 November 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.
  11. Tubanos, Anastasia. "ResellerClub to Take Over EstDomains." Web Host Industry Review. 25 November 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.
  12. Thompson, Iain. "Top 10 worst chief executives." Australian PC Authority. 24 November 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2009.

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