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Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (June 2013)

Rogue Internet pharmacies continue to cluster at the same handful of domain name registrars that provide a safe haven for their criminal activity. According to the latest data available, the registrars in our current Top 10 provide registration services for the largest numbers of rogue Internet pharmacies, with few changes from last month. All the…

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Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (May 2013)

Like last month, there have been hardly any changes in rankings of the domain name registrars where rogue Internet pharmacies set up shop. We have been following the rise of Japan’s GMO Internet (aka onamae.com or お名前.com) in the ranks since we began closely tracking this data. The registrar, which first moved into the Top 10 in…

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Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (April 2013)

Since our analysis last month, there hasn’t been much movement among the domain name registrars that are used most often by the operators of rogue Internet pharmacies — though as we track this monthly data, we remove registrars who are forward-leaning in responsible corporate governance. This month, the Chinese companies TodayNIC and BizCN are still the top…

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Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (March 2013)

Call it March Madness. Since our last update on the most popular domain name registrars where rogue Internet pharmacies cluster, there have been major changes in the ranks. With the sudden disappearance of many websites controlled by usually dominant ABSystems (a topic to be explored in a future blog post), several registrars have climbed higher…

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Irish registrar Blacknight partners with LegitScript

LegitScript is pleased to announce that Irish registrar Blacknight, which has a long history of aiding the fight against cybercrime, has partnered with LegitScript to ban rogue Internet pharmacies from using its registration services. The ICANN-accredited registrar and hosting service updated its terms of service to reflect the policy, under which it will suspend and…

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Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (December 2012)

LegitScript’s most recent analysis of rogue Internet pharmacies shows the usual suspects among the most popular registrars where these pharmacies register their domain names. Only a few of November’s Top 10 registrars changed rankings; most notably, BizCN climbed from the 10th spot to No. 8 as it appears that more and more operators of rogue…

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Update on Internet.bs: Domain name registrar does a 180 on Internet pharmacy crime

In a report earlier this year, LegitScript highlighted the top domain name registrars that not only tolerated but also welcomed the business of website operators who illegally sell prescription drugs. In particular, our report detailed how and why ICANN-accredited registrar Internet.bs became, at the time, the world’s largest safe haven for rogue Internet pharmacy domain names.…

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Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (November 2012)

Internet pharmacies selling drugs illegally continue to cluster at a handful of “safe haven” registrars, or ones that do not currently honor their agreements under ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy to disallow the use of domain names for unlawful purposes. Following our October report on the Top 10 registrars allowing rogue pharmacies to use their services, there’s…

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Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (October 2012)

On a periodic basis (we’ll aim for monthly), LegitScript will be releasing data on the top registrars serving as domain name registration platforms for rogue Internet pharmacies. These rankings are based on LegitScript’s global database of Internet pharmacies, which (as far as we know) is the largest such database in the world. LegitScript posts this…

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Updated: LegitScript notifies Chinese registrars about rogue Internet pharmacies

LegitScript recently reviewed rogue Internet pharmacies with domain names registered at 0101 Domain Inc. and BizCN; of these, we submitted 474 to 0101 Domain Inc. and 387 to BizCN. We requested that the registrars suspend those rogue Internet pharmacy domain names immediately. LegitScript’s sense is that the people who operate Internet pharmacies targeting the US, EU,…

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