Case Study: How Your Domain Name Gets Stolen (Part 2)

by Paul Wilson


Case StudyIn yesterday’s post I blogged about my theory of shady companies becoming registrars and then stealing people’s good domain names. Today I hope to see if we can show conclusively if this theory is true.

I propose that we do a case study to see how long it takes for a domain name to be stolen when numerous whois searches are being done on that name. Yet, I want to chose a name that no one would possible want, like: This way we can be certain that the names are being stolen.

I also want to test this on the five major whois directories: InterNic, Network Solutions, Register, GoDaddy, and Whois. This way we can see if certain directories are being targeted. It may also help us form some other possible theories.

So here’s how it will work. I will begin sending out an email every day on May 14th to those who would like to participate. In this email I will give them five random names to search on, and show which names should be used in what directory. Below is an example:

Monday –> InterNic –> Network Solutions –> Register –> GoDaddy –> Whois (I don’t know about this domain it might already be taken =)

Then I ask everyone who is participating to do two searches on all five directories every day. I will repeat this Monday thru Friday for two weeks. Once these two weeks are up I will publish the results of our study on my blog.

If you would like to participate in this case study sign up for “The Drip” Newsletter (sign up is located in the top right hand corner of the page). Please be sure to add your blog/website information if you would like me to link to you when I post the final results.

Let me know if you have any further input on this study before we launch our study on Monday.

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