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LegitScript Submits rogue .UK Internet pharmacies to Nominet

LegitScript has submitted a letter to Nominet, the registry that oversees the .uk top-level domain space, regarding Nominet’s policies on rogue Internet pharmacies. The letter was in response to Nominet’s comment process regarding how .uk domain names engaged in criminal activities should be dealt with.

Along with our letter, we notified Nominet about 100 rogue Internet pharmacies in the .uk domain name space. (There are more; we chose 100 as a sample.) Our letter states:

These .uk rogue Internet pharmacies operate in clear violation of the laws where they do business. In some cases, this includes operating in violation of UK law: websites such as cheapcialis.org.uk simply sell unregulated medicines without a prescription or valid pharmacy license. In other cases, the website may claim to be operating legally under UK laws and regulations, but also actively markets to other jurisdictions where it sells prescription drugs or anabolic steroids without a prescription in direct violation of that jurisdiction’s drug safety laws and regulations.

Our letter also noted that of the 100 rogue .UK Internet pharmacies that we notified Nominet about:

  • 28 are falsely registered to individuals claiming to be a “non-trading entity” when the websites are clearly engaged in commercial activity. (If a .uk domain name is for private use, the Registrants can have their personal information kept private.)
  • 79 of the domain names are registered to someone outside of the UK. This is problematic because the use of a .UK domain name may give patients a false assurance that the drugs are actually from a licensed pharmacy in the United Kingdom.

As to this last point, consider trusted-pharmacy.co.uk. It has a UK phone number and – as the domain name suggests – attempts to market itself as a trusted UK pharmacy. But in fact it is registered to “Private Person” in “Tashkent, Uzbekistan” and the website itself is an affiliate of Rx-Partners, a criminal organization operating primarily out of Russia. The website sells unregulated drugs, does not require a prescription, and is not dispensing from a UK pharmacy. (As to whether it actually has a UK connection, that’s a subject for another blog entirely. (To the non-existent Jessica Eagloff supposedly of the UK: This means you. [No, wait, you don’t exist. Even though Rx-Partners claims that you do.])

LegitScript’s letter encourages Nominet to adopt clear and unambiguous policies requiring Registrars to prohibit the use of their services by .UK domain name registrants engaged in the illicit sale of prescription drugs.

The rogue Internet pharmacies that we cited as examples to Nominet, their affiliate networks and their Registrars are below. (Note: “Country” refers to the country where the WhoIs registrant claims to be located.)

Domain name Network Registrar Country
viagracialis.org.uk 33 Drugs Key-Systems Ukraine
rx-pharmacy.co.uk 33 Drugs Internet.bs United States
cheaptadalafil.co.uk 33 Drugs Internet.bs Unknown
acyclovir.org.uk 4Rx Key-Systems Thailand
bupropion.org.uk 4Rx 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) United Kingdom
dutasteride.co.uk 4Rx 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) United Kingdom
aclepsa.co.uk 4Rx Fasthosts Internet Ltd Unknown
dietpillonline.co.uk AtlanticDrugs Dynadot LLC India
cialisinfo.co.uk AtlanticDrugs 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
aurapharm.co.uk Best Generic Pharmacy Fasthosts (Tucows) Unknown
totally-free.co.uk Budget Medicines Internet.bs Unknown
londonsdrugs.co.uk Clements Investment Partners Mesh Digital Limited Panama
betterlifegroup.co.uk e-Med Webfusion Ltd United Kingdom
edrugnet.co.uk edrugnet.com 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) United States
rxsource.co.uk eOrderSecure.com eNom Inc. United States
viagra-cialis-levitra.co.uk eWinPay eNom Inc. Belize
generic4all.co.uk Generic4All IP Mirror Pte Ltd Unknown
cialis-uk.co.uk GlavMed NetEarth UK Ltd Belarus
purchaseviagra.co.uk GlavMed NetEarth UK Ltd Belarus
cialistadalafil.co.uk GlavMed Directi Russian Federation
unitedpharmacy.co.uk GlavMed EuroDNS United Kingdom
viagraprofessional.co.uk GlavMed eNom Inc. United Kingdom
buy-cialis.me.uk GlavMed Server Centre Ltd [Tag =EUROPENAMES] United States
ineedpills.co.uk GlavMed 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
kamagranow.co.uk KamagraNow Fasthosts (Tucows) Malta
Cialis-impotence-treatment.co.uk KeySecure 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
eurodrugs.co.uk KeySecure Key-Systems United Kingdom
euromeds.co.uk KeySecure Tucows United Kingdom
internationalpharmacystore.co.uk KeySecure Key-Systems United Kingdom
healthcliniconline.co.uk KeySecure Key-Systems United Kingdom
reductil.co.uk KeySecure Key-Systems United Kingdom
viagraprescriptions.co.uk KeySecure Domain-It Inc. United Kingdom
didrex.co.uk KeySecure Key-Systems United Kingdom
buy-cialis-online-pharmacy.co.uk KeySecure 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
rxeurope.co.uk KeySecure 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
cialiswithoutprescription.co.uk Multi-Network Affiliation Dynadot LLC United States
rimonabant-acomplia.co.uk Multi-Network Affiliation Key-Systems Romania
finasteride.co.uk Multi-Network Affiliation 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) United Kingdom
eupharmacy.co.uk MyRxCash OnlineNIC Inc. India
steroidspharmacy.co.uk Other affiliation Key-Systems United States
kamagra-site.co.uk Other affiliation Fasthosts (Tucows) Belize
pharmastores.co.uk Other affiliation Key-Systems Egypt
steroids2buy.co.uk Other affiliation 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Gibraltar
extraslim.co.uk Other affiliation Key-Systems United States
bigpopeye.co.uk Other affiliation Namesco Japan
cheap-generic-viagra.co.uk Other affiliation Fasthosts (Tucows) Mauritius
steroid-supermarket.co.uk Other affiliation 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Panama
365pharmacy.co.uk Other affiliation Fasthosts Internet Ltd Spain
speedy-kamagra.co.uk Other affiliation LCN.com Ltd United Kingdom
bluechemist.co.uk Other affiliation 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) United Kingdom
ukcialis.co.uk Other affiliation Tucows United Kingdom
kamagra247.co.uk Other affiliation EasySpace United Kingdom
kamagrapharma.co.uk Other affiliation Ekm Systems United Kingdom
anaboliclabs.co.uk Other affiliation Ekm Systems Ltd t/a Ekm Systems Ltd [Tag =EKMSYSTEMS] United Kingdom
steroidshop.co.uk Other affiliation Namesco United Kingdom
uksteroids.co.uk Other affiliation Dollamore Ltd t/a StreamlineNet [Tag = STREAMLINENET] United Kingdom
clenbuterol.co.uk Other affiliation Key-Systems United States
steroidcentral.co.uk Other affiliation Key-Systems United States
cheap-steroids.co.uk Other affiliation eNom Inc. Unknown
cialis-information.co.uk Other affiliation Namesco Unknown
pills2go.co.uk Other affiliation Fasthosts Internet Ltd Unknown
steroidsuk.co.uk Other affiliation Fasthosts Internet Ltd [Tag =LIVEDOMAINS] Unknown
phenterminebuy.co.uk Private-Partners (RxRevShare) Key-Systems United States
buyultram.co.uk Private-Partners (RxRevShare) Server Centre Ltd [Tag =EUROPENAMES] Israel
cialisprice.co.uk Private-Partners (RxRevShare) Directi Russian Federation
buyphentermineonline.co.uk Private-Partners (RxRevShare) Domain Directors Pty Ltd United States
prescription-mexico.co.uk Private-Partners (RxRevShare) joker.com United States
kamagradirect.co.uk Rx-Partners Gybol Ltd Czech Republic
indiangenerics.co.uk Rx-Partners NetEarth UK Ltd Russian Federation
cheaplevitra.co.uk Rx-Partners 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Kazakhstan
cheapcialis.org.uk Rx-Partners 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Kazakhstan
247-doc.co.uk Rx-Partners NETIM t/a NETIM Netherlands
isotretinoin.co.uk Rx-Partners eNom Inc. Russian Federation
euonlinepharmacy.co.uk Rx-Partners Namesco Ukraine
menhealth-pharmacy.co.uk Rx-Partners Domain Directors Pty Ltd United Kingdom
rxmedicament.co.uk Rx-Partners NetEarth UK Ltd United States
intermedpharmacy.co.uk Rx-Partners NetEarth UK Ltd United States
onlinepharmacy-uk.co.uk Rx-Partners 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
genericdrug.co.uk Rx-Partners 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
alternativeviagra.co.uk Rx-Partners 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
perfectgenerics.co.uk Rx-Partners 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
genericmedix.co.uk Rx-Partners 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
buyviagrainuk.co.uk Rx-Partners Webhosting UK COM Ltd Unknown
uk.buy-pills-online.co.uk Rx-Partners Internet.bs Unknown
azithromycin.co.uk Rx-Partners 123-Reg.co.uk (GX Networks) Unknown
trusted-tablets.co.uk Rx-Partners NetEarth UK Ltd Uzbekistan
trusted-pharmacy.co.uk Rx-Partners NetEarth UK Ltd Uzbekistan
rxsite.co.uk Rx-Promotion Fasthosts Internet Ltd Canada
cialisprofessional.co.uk Rx-Promotion Key-Systems Thailand
gbdrugstore.co.uk Rx-Promotion NetEarth UK Ltd United States
vicodin.org.uk Rx-Promotion Server Centre Ltd [Tag =EUROPENAMES] United States
cialis-online.me.uk Rx-Promotion Server Centre Ltd [Tag =EUROPENAMES] Unknown
buy-viagra-online.me.uk Rx-Promotion Server Centre Ltd [Tag =EUROPENAMES] Unknown
viagra-online.me.uk Rx-Promotion Server Centre Ltd [Tag =EUROPENAMES] Unknown
norco.org.uk Rx-Promotion Internet.bs Unknown
buypercocet.co.uk Rx-Promotion Server Centre Ltd [Tag =EUROPENAMES] Unknown
percocet.co.uk Rx-Promotion Server Centre Ltd [Tag =EUROPENAMES] Unknown
viagrabuy.co.uk Rx-Promotion Server Centre Ltd [Tag =EUROPENAMES] Unknown
eupills.co.uk RxCash.biz 1api GmbH Bermuda
online-pharma-shop.co.uk RxCash.biz Dynadot LLC United States
westmeds.co.uk RxPayouts Key-Systems Unknown
buycialis.org.uk XL Pharmacy Fasthosts (Tucows) United Kingdom