MySpace And GoDaddy Shut Down Huge Archive Of Security Mailing Lists

from the silly-companies dept

Rich Kulawiec writes in to point out that Seclists.org, a site that archives various security-related discussion email lists (and run by Fyodor, author of nmap, and generally well-known within the security realm) was yanked offline completely yesterday thanks to a bogus complaint from MySpace to the registrar/hosting company Fyodor used, GoDaddy. It seems that MySpace was freaking out that yet another big list of MySpace usernames and passwords had leaked (and spread all over the net). So, they went into damage control mode. A few copies of the MySpace list had been mailed to one of the security mailing lists archived as Seclists, and rather than simply asking that they be removed, MySpace went straight to the hosting company to get the entire domain turned off -- which GoDaddy did without question (or giving Fyodor a chance to appeal). In other words, they shut down a huge domain full of useful information that was used by a lot of people, over one complaint on some information that is widely available all over the internet. Fyodor also notes that these types of bogus requests to hosting companies and registrars are only increasingly lately. It seems like there may be an opportunity for a registrar hosting company to advertise that they don't wilt at the first sign of legal language, and at least give their customers a chance to respond.

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  1. identicon
    Oh Well then!, 26 Jan 2007 @ 6:55pm

    Oh, it's for the children!

    Oh PLEASE,

    The readers of Techdirt are a bit too sophisticated to fall in line for that tired old saw.
    Aside from the fact that most of the "members" of MySpace are not children as such, the same information is still available on many other lists and archives.

    The genie was out of the bottle, your cork was too late & useless for preventing the spread of the information.

    The timing of your actions appears to be not what you have claimed, one minute is not one hour.

    I am removing all of the (at least it's only 5) domains I have registered with you to another registrar that will actually call me & give me time to respond iff something like this happens on one of my systems.

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