[sf-lug] done: Re: sf-lug.org "32-bit" (i386) to "64-bit" (amd64)
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Jul 7 14:23:56 PDT 2015
I commented last night to Daniel:
> Unfortunately, I think what you're seeing there is a very common
> registrar dodge that _many_ (not all) registrars use on expiring
> domains. The registrar steps in and changes the Registrant (owner) to
> itself or to something deliberately murky, and adds _exactly 1 year_ to
> the expiration field beyond the actual date of expiration -- that future
> date then displayed to the public.
> The registrar then steps in and acts like the new owner with a new
> one-year runtime on the domain, and (at its option) offers the domain
> for sale.
> I infer/guesstimate, based on the other data shown in whois fields, that
> the sf-lug.org and sf-lug.com domains ticked over to an actual
> expiration on 2015-07-02, and NetSol's scripts then artificially
> inflated that to 2016-07-02 for purposes of its own business interests.
Confirmed. (See below.)
Part of the problem with public whois data about Internet domains is
that historical data aren't offered: All you ever get shown is the
_latest_ whois data for any domain.
Therefore, in cases where registrars play games with the publicly
displayed data, like artifically tacking a year onto the Expiration Date
and changing the displayed Registrant information, you're thus at a
disadvantage unless you can somehow remember what is _supposed_ to be
shown in the whois data.
Anyway, I vaguely recall there being a few third-party services that
occasionally snapshot whois data somewhat the way archive.org snapshots
much of the Web. I just re-found one of them: whoisology.com
https://whoisology.com/archive_10/sf-lug.com <- 2015-03-30 snapshot
https://whoisology.com/archive_10/sf-lug.org <- 2015-03-22 snapshot
Notice that, for both domains, the correct expiration date of 2015-07-02
is on file in Whoisology's March snapshots, rather than the '2016-07-02'
one that resulted from NetSol's fiddling with the records right around
the time of expiration.
Anyhow, at the risk of pounding the point into the ground: Better hurry
up and hope NetSol honours the usaual 'grace period', because they won't
keep doing it for very long.
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