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Moniker Online Services LLC is a registrar in United States.

Anti-Spam Position

Official Position

From the Moniker Registration Agreement

13. PROHIBITED CONDUCT

You agree that the following is a non-exclusive list of actions that are not permitted:

...

Uploading, posting or otherwise transmitting any content that infringes any patent,
trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party; 

Uploading, posting or otherwise transmitting any content that contains software
viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt,
destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or
telecommunications equipment such as “trojan horses,” or engaging in
activities that result in illegal access to other computers or networks,
including those of Moniker; 

...
 
Promoting or providing instructional information about illegal activities,
promoting physical harm against any group or individual, or promoting any act
of cruelty to animals.

Moniker reserves the right to take remedial action:

We reserve the right to cancel or terminate your use of the Services if you
engage in any of the activities described in this Section 14 or if your use
of the Services results in, or is the subject of, legal action or threatened
legal action against Moniker or any of its affiliates or partners, regardless
of whether such legal action or threatened legal action is determined to be
with or without merit.

Actual Behavior

In 2006 Moniker was number 2 on the list of registrars with the most blacklisted domains, with 1426 listed domains, and 1521 active (93.75%) at that time. This demonstrated slow reactions in removing known spam domains. In October 2013, the figures were 139 listed domains out of 248 active (56.05% blacklisted)

Until December 2006, Moniker responded to complaints by removing the entry given sufficient comprehensive evidence but only after many repeated requests.

Actions in 2007 were minimal. One could conclude that either Moniker is not competent at making suspensions, or there is no desire to dissociate the company from criminals.

The abuse department fails to understand the basic concepts of how criminals operate. When asked to terminate his company's contracts with criminals by suspending the name servers registered with the company, the stock reply is

Moniker has nothing to do with these . . . You need to contact the host.
Not valid.  Moniker is not the owner, registrant, or host of these domains.
Please be aware that this domain name is registered by a customer of Moniker Online  
Services.  Moniker.com is not the owner or the host of this domain.
If you believe the registrant has violated your rights with this registration,
you need to obtain an appropriate finding by a court of competent jurisdiction
or file a UDRP complaint against the registrant. 

There is no suggestion that Moniker is the owner, registrant, or host. What is obvious, is that Moniker is the registrar providing a safe haven for criminals by refusing to terminate contracts which violate their own terms of service.


Description of the Registrar

KeyDrive S.A. is an internet solutions holding company located in Luxembourg. Its subsidiaries offer different internet related services. Among the core business areas are domain registration, monetization and aftermarket services. The holding company includes the Key-Systems group (St. Ingbert, Germany), the NameDrive group (Wasserbillig, Luxembourg) as well as Moniker and SnapNames (Florida and Oregon/USA) with more than 160 employees. With the takeover of Moniker in January 2012 KeyDrive has more than 6 million domains under management. Chairman of the KeyDrive S.A. is Alexander Siffrin, CEO and founder of Key-Systems™.

Moniker.com® and SnapNames.com® work together to streamline domain name management:
Moniker is a full-service, ICANN-accredited domain registrar, premium brokerage, escrow and live auction house.
SnapNames is a dynamic, open domain names marketplace.
Both are part of the KeyDrive family of companies.

Reference: http://domainnamewire.com/2012/02/01/keydrive-acquires-moniker-and-snapnames/

Feb 2012
"Oversee.net sells off domain marketplace, expiring domain, and registrar companies."

"KeyDrive, which owns domain name registrar Key-Systems as well as NameDrive, has acquired SnapNames and Moniker from Oversee.net."

Active blacklisted mail domains in last 5 days with Moniker nameservers

Source: URIBL

Moniker Online Services list

Sample illegal domains

These domains listed below are all part of the pharmacy fraud network centered in Russia, known as EvaPharmacy. Some were live at November23 2014.

Click on any heading to see the evidence relating to each fraud.

Canadian Health&Care Mall

bestcanadianrxworldwide.com
canadianhealthmallrx.com
canadian-rx-worldwide.com (suspended)

My Canadian Pharmacy

snekrosjy.com (suspended)
stukzixrug.com (suspended)
vnuydoymyv.com (suspended)

A quick way to verify these sites is to examine the hosting addresses. Many compromised hosts used for this operation are located at

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94.177.99.232 173.242.116.247 173.242.116.249 192.69.90.42 91.185.215.149 95.84.156.43
37.247.108.216 95.31.192.232 173.242.116.248 84.22.62.254 84.22.62.253 185.75.56.108
84.22.50.253 84.22.50.254 123.63.204.183 146.0.78.189 176.99.10.67 85.31.101.203
93.186.196.12 91.200.12.17 81.0.124.75 212.83.177.138 193.124.18.140 193.189.116.230
192.69.92.13 178.89.191.79 193.189.116.231 194.58.42.123 84.45.55.75 103.22.181.190
103.233.24.15 221.207.50.84 37.221.168.43 188.68.252.33 88.198.50.181 81.21.193.71
213.155.190.76 88.198.50.171 91.121.216.1 188.190.119.60 192.69.92.11 46.22.166.32
188.190.119.59 88.198.50.179 46.165.219.14 46.22.166.33 85.31.101.202 84.22.62.252
95.167.26.154 77.87.78.250 5.39.218.220 81.4.110.230 178.239.55.123 193.227.240.131
87.98.246.231 188.190.119.58 93.115.210.16 95.215.63.114 93.184.66.237 88.80.4.62
84.200.77.180 208.92.118.5 185.75.56.107 192.99.9.183 185.14.31.123 208.91.197.125
185.75.56.106

Snapshot: Pie chart showing the highest used IP addresses. (Nov 16, 2014) IP 94.177.99.232 was swapped out for 37.247.108.216 or (Nov 22, 2014) 123.63.204.183

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Where to send abuse complaints

http://www.moniker.com

   Michele Van Tilborg Tel: 310-467-2549
   Email: registry-operations@moniker.com

Additional Contact Information

support@moniker.com
legal@moniker.com

Postal address

Moniker Online Services, LLC
1800 SW 1st Avenue
Suite 440
Portland, OR 97201

Registration Information

Telephone and FAX

Toll-free in the U.S. and Canada: 1-800-688-6311
Outside the U.S. and Canada: 1-954-607-1294

Sources for this article

Independent

http://rss.uribl.com/nic
http://rss.uribl.com/nic/MONIKER_ONLINE_SERVICES_INC_.html
http://www.spamhaus.org/rokso/evidence.lasso?rokso_id=ROK7168
http://www.icann.org/registrars/accreditation-qualified-list.html

Interview

Corporate

http://moniker.com
http://seevast.com
http://www.moniker.com/help/dtc.jsp