fixing insecure email infrastructure (was: Re: [eweek article] Window of "anonym

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at
Thu Jan 13 11:26:47 UTC 2005

On Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 10:59:43AM -0500,
 Steven Champeon <schampeo at> wrote 
 a message of 98 lines which said:

> 4) all domains with invalid whois data MUST be deactivated (not
> confiscated, just temporarily removed from the root dbs) immediately
> and their owners contacted.

Because there is no data protection on many databases (such as ".com"
registrars who are forced to sell the data if requested), people lie
when registering, because it is the only tool they have to protect
their privacy.

Fix the data protection problem and you'll have a better case to force
people to register proper information.
> 5) whois data MUST be normalized and available in machine-readable
> form (such as a standard XML schema)

RFC 3981

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