ICANN Gives Notorious Internet Registrar Stay of Execution - for the Moment
ICANN has held off terminating the accreditation of EstDomains, an Internet registrar long accused of being an open house for malware distributors. The move comes a day after ICANN notified EstDomains in a letter it was shutting it down due to EstDomains' president being convicted on fraud and money laundering charges.Just when EstDomains appeared to be on the proverbial chopping block, it has gotten a stay of execution. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) stated Oct. 29 it will hold off on shutting down the notorious Estonian domain registrar pending a review. The decision came a day after ICANN informed EstDomains that it was terminating its accreditation Nov. 12 due to EstDomains' president, Vladimir Tsastsin, being convicted in February on money laundering and fraud charges in Estonia.
In the termination letter sent Oct. 28, ICANN stated it planned to move the roughly 281,000 domains under EstDomains' management to another registrar. However, EstDomains responded with a letter stating Tsastsin had resigned as president in June, and that his conviction is being appealed to Estonia's Supreme Court. According to the letter, the registrar did not inform ICANN of the change because it did not believe it was a requirement under its agreement.