Study: Whois System’s Privacy Controls Being Abused
ONLINE PRIVACYSeptember 19, 2013
A new study commissioned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) indicates the Whois system’s current ad hoc privacy controls are being abused, ZDNet reports. ICANN—a pseudo-directory of contact details for domain names—is recommending the Whois system be replaced to include authenticated access. Currently, contact details for administrators of a domain are publicly available, prompting domain name owners to provide false information.