[nycbug-talk] Re: panix.com hijacked (VeriSign refuses to help)]

George Georgalis george
Sun Jan 16 15:16:06 EST 2005

I'd like to see postal and email addresses, and general info from panix,
framed in such a way that *I* have the information I need to print and
mail a complaint. Addresses might include best contact at ICANN, IANA,
VeriSign and MELBOURNE.  Additionally I may write my own registrars
requesting that such an event not be allowed to happen to my domains.

For as many hoops as we all go through to keep our registrars in order,
I think it is in everybody's best interest to inquire about this issue
and participate in getting it resolved.

// George

On Sun, Jan 16, 2005 at 02:47:07AM -0500, Ron Guerin wrote:
>FYI: Someone has misappropriated the panix.com domain.
>This sort of thing could happen to you too.
>- Ron
>-------- Forwarded Message --------
>From: Thor Lancelot Simon <tls at NetBSD.org>
>To: nanog at merit.edu
>Subject: Re: panix.com hijacked (VeriSign refuses to help)
>Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 07:04:46 +0000
>Alexis Rosen tried to send this to NANOG earlier this evening but it
>looks like it never made it.  Apologies if it's a duplicate; we're
>both reduced to reading the list via the web interface since the
>legitimate addresses for panix.com have now timed out of most folks'
>nameservers and been replaced with the hijacker's records.
>Note that we contacted VeriSign both directly and through intermediaries
>well known to their ops staff, in both cases explaining that we suspect
>a security compromise (technical or human) of the registration systems
>either at MelbourneIT or at VeriSign itself (we have reasons to suspect
>this that I won't go into here right now).  We noted that after calling
>every publically available number for MelbourneIT and leaving polite
>messages, the only response we received was a rather rude brush-off from
>MelbourneIT's corporate counsel, who was evidently directed to call us
>by their CEO.
>We are also told that law enforcement separately contacted VeriSign on
>our behalf, to no avail.
>Below please find VeriSign's response to our plea for help.  We're rather
>at a loss as to what to do now; MelbourneIT clearly are beyond reach,
>VeriSign won't help, and Dotster just claim they still own the domain and
>that as far as they can tell nothing's wrong.  Panix may not survive this
>if the formal complaint and appeal procedure are the only way forward.
>> Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 00:21:33 -0500
>> To: <alexis at panix.com>, NOC Supervisor <nocsupervisor at verisign.com>
>> Subject: Re: FW: [alexis at panix.com: Brief summary of panix.com hijacking incident]  (KMM2294267V49480L0KM)
>> From: VeriSign Customer Service <info at verisign-grs.com>
>> X-Mailer: KANA Response
>> Dear Alexis,
>> Thank you for contacting VeriSign Customer Service.
>> Unfortunately there is little that VeriSign, Inc. can do to rectify this
>> situation.  If necessary, Dotster (or Melbourne) is more than welcome to
>> contact us to obtain the specific details as to when the notices were
>> sent and other historical information about the transfer itself.
>> Dotster can file a Request for Enforcement if Melbourne IT contends that
>> the request was legitimate and we will review the dispute and respond
>> accordingly.  Dotster can also contact Melbourne directly and if they
>> come to an agreement that the transfer was fraudulent they can file a
>> Request for Reinstatement and the domain would be reinstated to its
>> original Registrar.  Dotster could submit a normal transfer request to 
>> Melbourne IT for the domain name and hope that Melbourne IT agrees to
>> transfer the name back to them outside of a dispute having been filed. 
>> In order to expedite processing the transfer or submitting a Request for
>> Reinstatement however Dotster will need to contact Melbourne IT
>> directly.  If Dotster is unable to get in touch with anyone at Melbourne
>> IT we can assist them directly if necessary.
>> Best Regards,
>> Melissa Blythe
>> Customer Service
>> VeriSign, Inc.
>> www.verisign.com
>> info at verisign-grs.com

George Georgalis, systems architect, administrator Linux BSD IXOYE
http://galis.org/george/ cell:646-331-2027 mailto:george at galis.org

More information about the talk mailing list