Are Troubles for RegisterFly Getting to an End?
March 08, 2007
RegisterFly's web site went offline
on Tuesday, Netcraft reported on March 6. According to a post
on registrerflies.com the same day, the site had been down because CEO
John Naruszewicz and Vice President Glenn Stansbury had been moving it over
to a new server in order to transfer it away from former CEO Kevin
On February 12, 2007 Kevin Medina was ousted from the
company and was accused of using corporate accounts for luxuries, which
eventually led to the loss of 75,000 domain names in January 2007 due
to failure to remit registry fees. RegisterFly customers have since
been flooding forums to complain that they were unable to manage
or transfer their domains.
On February 21, 2007 ICANN
sent a letter to RegisterFly indicating a Notice of Breach of its
Agreement, gave the registrar 14 days to cure the breaches and required
RegisterFly to allow ICANN officials to inspect and copy its records.
RegistryFly refused to comply with ICANN's request for audit but on
March 1 its lawyers sent a letter to the Internet governance body that
the refusal "should not be construed as my client's unwillingness to
cooperate with ICANN but as evidence of their continuing efforts to
service their customers."
In a second letter from March 2, 2007 ICANN set out additional
breaches and provided notice that it would file a suit against
the United States District Court for the Central District of
California. ICANN said that it would seek a temporary restraining order
to turn over the data requested and to compel an emergency audit of
its books and records.
In response to ICANN's request on March 5, 2007, RegisterFly provided a copy of domain name
registration data, which ICANN will analyze for integrity and
Yesterday the registerflies.com forum posted an update,
according to which RegisterFly has provided ICANN with all the required
data. The registrar is currently in operation with 20
people answering phone requests and about 15 other staff
members working on support related issues and ticket backlogs.
Registerflies.com warns RegisterFly customers to change their password
in order to prevent any future unsolicited access to their data.
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