the scandal of the hypocritical DNS.Be and typosquatting
Datanews brings the news today. DNS.be - that is the almost private company out of controls that gives the impression that it cares about our domainname .be - said that it is going to do something about typosquatting.
The general manager who lived on the moon before told Datanews - seriously - that it is relatively new.
Let me correct this. There is nothing new about typosquatting .be names because I have tested this already more than a year ago and typosquatting the belgian domainname was already good and well present than.
http://ekz.skynetblogs.be/post/3286928/typosquatting--bel... 24 april 2006 about an article in De Morgen based upon research that was published here http://itsecurity.pbwiki.com/ 2 april 2006
And what do they propose ? They propose now a commercial service for which you have to pay to monitor your domainname for typosquatters after which - hold on - you will have to pay another service 1600 Euro to get an arbitrage to get that domainname of the web. And you think that the DNS root provider will do that instantly ? No, 14 days after a decision has been reached (oh yes you receive 800 euro in return if you win....). Now if they think that will kill typosquatting..... Giving scammers another 14 days to get paid by adsense.
And how do they know that that variant is free to get ? Very simple they can find it for free on the website of ...... dns.be. Well you can do the same thing (or use the tools on itsecurity.pbwiki.com)
But if you use the tool from Microsoft with which they have already prosecuted typosquatters and tried to convince Google to clean up its - not so public - nasty act as hoster and sponser through adsense of typosquatted domains, than you will find the websites that will try to domainsquat you. Last year in the Inquirer we have written lots of articles about that - making dns.be not to happy.
But as there is an omerta and nobody wants to ask serious questions, dns is able to put its propaganda and lies and newsspeak in an IT magazine that says it is professional.
But lets go on. Well lawyers and holders of domainnames, dns.be wants your money to control and manage your domainname. Than it has to do something in its place. Why is it possible to buy Belgian domainnames that are surely typosquatters and trafficstealers from existing domains even with the name of the trademark in it ? Why does it take so long to take action ? Because it is a commercial enterprise that is selling a public good without any political and public oversight.
And mr Lawyer and domainholder of .be, it should also interest you that the domainsquatters are still there since 2006. They haven't changed. With some you even ask yourself why did bought the domainname when the free period was over. Did that really bring in so much money that it was worthwhile ? Just curious.
Oh you say that the presence of the ISP's and some representatives of ministers - that afterwards say they have nothing to do with it - is public oversight. Get serious. On the board of DNS.Be should be people representing the small domainholders, the consumers, the activists. The boardroom should be a room of discussion and debate en scientific analysis, even if that can get rough from time to time. But afterward a consensus has to be found and the public character of the domainname has to be maintained and protected.