It’s been a while since we published our data identifying the domain name registrars where rogue Internet pharmacies cluster. As we’ve mentioned before, rogue Internet pharmacies are rational economic actors, and choose registrars that they believe will keep them safe from anti-abuse complaints.
Interestingly, there have been significant changes in our Top 10 Rogue Internet Pharmacy Registrar list since the last time we published it (August 2013).
The most groundbreaking change is that our previous number one top rogue registrar, TodayNIC, is no longer found in the top 10 list — a development that occurred just this month. Indeed, TodayNIC’s platform is, by and large clean. This turnaround is due, we think, to ICANN taking our side and finding TodayNIC to be in breach of its registrar accreditation agreement: after we submitted over 2,500 rogue Internet pharmacies to TodayNIC, the registrar simply ignored our complaint. ICANN found the registrar to be in breach of its accreditation agreement, after which TodayNIC reached out to LegitScript with the news that they suspended and locked all 2.500 domain names that LegitScript notified them about.
Other good news is that our previous number 3 (CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH d/b/a joker.com), number 6 (GMO Internet, Inc. d/b/a Onamae.com) and number 8 (Paknic (Private) Limited) top rogue registrars have recently followed up to some degree to LegitScript’s notifications. More work needs to be done by these registrars to be considered compliant, but based on their limited follow up in recent months, we currently do not consider them as top 10 rogue registrars.
As traditional safe haven registrars begin suspending domain names rogue Internet pharmacy operators are starting to search for alternatives. Our data indicate that Russia-based CJSC Registrar R01 and China-based GuangDong NaiSiNiKe Information Technology Co Ltd. enter the top 10 to take the first and second place, with the largest clustering of rogue pharmacies. Other relevant newcomers are Nanjing Imperiosus Technology Co. Ltd. at number 4 and Registrar of Domain Names REG.RU LLC on number 9. These registrars have been considered non-compliant by LegitScript for a longer period of time but have traditionally fallen just outside of the top 10 list.
Without further ado, the current top 10 rogue registrars are:
- CJSC Registrar R01
- GuangDong NaiSiNiKe Information Technology Co Ltd. (NiceNic)
- IP Mirror Pte Ltd dba IP MIRROR
- Nanjing Imperiosus Technology Co. Ltd. (Domainers Choice)
- Bizcn.com, Inc.
- Tucows Domains Inc.
- Momentous Group (Rebel.com, NameScout.com, DomainsatCost.ca)
- Gransy s.r.o. d/b/a subreg.cz
- Registrar of Domain Names REG.RU LLC
- EvoPlus Ltd.
LegitScript remains a free resource for registrars to keep their platform clean from illegal pharmaceutical activity. We welcome any registrar, especially the ones listed above, to work with us to make the Internet a safer place.