godaddy spam / abuse suspensions?

Andrew Fried andrew.fried at
Sun Nov 16 22:38:50 UTC 2008

Chances are if the domain has been sandboxed, it was because it was
involved in some kind of phishing scheme, not spam.  This is the
typicaly way of mitigating fast flux botnets.  So I don't agree with the
assessment that this is bad behavior on the part of GoDaddy - to the
contrary, they are acting quite responsibly.


James Hess wrote:
> I don't think he wants the domain. The problem is Godaddy listing NS
> records for some domains (for any reason)  to only DNS servers that
> were all down or didn't exist.   The entry of only lame DNS servers is
> an inconclusive situation and doesn't let a message be permanently
> rejected as spam;  it's indistinguishable from a temporary failure of
> all that domain's DNS servers.
> It also causes (hopefully non-fatal) problems for hosts looking up the
> contacting host's ip,
> like wasteful repeated queries.
> This is not good behavior on the registrar's part;  Godaddy would
> almost be better seving
> the internet community by ignoring spam and doing nothing, or
> forwarding reports to ISPs rather than introducing lame DNS zones.
> Registrars aren't really in a place to be able to stop spam; the
> spammer can simply use any domain or have their reverse zone changed
> accordingly, if they have custom reverse.
> But for a registrar to do their best.. by pulling domains  where they
> have proof the owner has performed or authorized spam, they should
> pull the domain from the TLD zone entirely and let the response be
> A  NXDOMAIN response  allows  the mail server to definitively reject the message
> and move on.
> --
> -J
> On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 12:19 PM, Rohan Sheth <rohan at> wrote:
>> Name has been suspended for "supposed" abuse by the godaddy abuse team.
>> I believe the only recourse is to email abuse at (cc
>> president at asking what they want to release the domain to
>> you.  I believe the usual charge is like $75 or so.
>> --Rohan

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