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January 03, 2011
Large Domains Suspended To Invalid WHOIS Data
By Bill Hartzer
When Nikki Craft woke up one morning recently and checked her websites, they were not working. In fact, all 20 of her high-traffic websites were down. After further investigation into the issue, she learned that the domain names had been suspended by the registrar due to invalid WHOIS data on the domain name WHOIS record–here web server was not down. Ms. Craft is among many domain name owners whose domain names have been suspended due to invalid WHOIS data.

I recently spoke with Statton Hammock, Senior Director, Law, Policy & Business Affairs, of Network Solutions, about invalid WHOIS data and how Network Solutions deals with invalid WHOIS on domain names. asked Mr. Hammock if Network Solutions has you ever suspended or deleted a domain name due to invalid WHOIS information on a customer's domain. Here is what Network Solutions said:

Yes. Network Solutions investigates all allegations of invalid WHOIS information on domains under our management, and has suspended names when the registrant fails to respond to notices that they are in violation of contractual obligations.

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