Worst registrar Xin Net: progress, and lack thereof

As I mentioned ten days ago, Xin Net finally started to respond to pressure from ICANN and various other parties. The bad news since then, from Garth Bruen of KnujOn, is that Xin Net has continued to register roughly 100 new illicit sites a day. According to Bruen, it would be easy for Xin Net to pre-screen these sites and refuse to register them, since they are all registered by the same few known spammers. On

As I mentioned ten days ago, Xin Net finally started to respond to pressure from ICANN and various other parties. The bad news since then, from Garth Bruen of KnujOn, is that Xin Net has continued to register roughly 100 new illicit sites a day. According to Bruen, it would be easy for Xin Net to pre-screen these sites and refuse to register them, since they are all registered by the same few known spammers.

On the other hand, there's been some good news, as reported by Terry Bowden of Complainterator.com:

Out of fairness, it should be noted that Xin Net is not the only registrar who has reacted to the ICANN communications to registrars in China, followed by the Knujon report. Xin Net has now gained the skill level required to shut down name servers since I last reported to you.

The tracking site at http://wiki.castlecops.com/XIN_NET_NS_Suspended lists over 120 name servers successfully removed from the spammers. They have also suspended every spammed site that the Complainterator team has sent in, whether by individual or bulk reports.

We have had a similar response from the others listed in the Knujon report:

* Todaynic since February 2008:  Over 28,000 (100% compliance)

* Xin Net since December 2007:  Over 16,000 (100% compliance)

Xin Net was losing 20% of all incoming mail until a month ago, when I convinced them to fix their Mail Exchange records which were not RFC compliant. Now all of their mail is getting through.

* Bizcn since December 2007: Over 3,000 (100% compliance)

* Beijing Innovative Linkage Technology since 2007: 1,180 (40% compliance)

This company has unfortunately put spam blocking on incoming mail, which refuses mail containing any spammed URLs. As a result of this they are not receiving complaints for spammed sites in their own registrar base.

From Todaynic in particular we are seeing response times of under 3 hours to shut down as many as 1,000 reported sites on one request. Spammed sites are often shut down by this registrar preemptively before we can even report them. They have proven to be star performers in shutting out the spammers abusing their service.

The Complainterator team is surprised to see no acknowledgement of the changed circumstances from Knujon. Surely when the registrars respond so fully and effectively, Knujon should update their report and give the registrars the credit they deserve.

These statistics are all verifiable at http://wiki.castlecops.com/Bulk_Spam_Reporting.

Both positions are understandable. If Xin Net went to the next level of compliance and stopped registering sites from known spammers, I don't think there would be any disagreement about easing up on them between these two groups of junk email fighters.

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