If you have ever registered a domain before, it is likely that you suddenly started to receive dozens of emails, texts, and phone calls from service and product providers, trying to sell you things. Indeed, it is very common for spam to go through the roof as soon as they register their domain. And this spam seems to be targeted, with most of it being for SEO and website design services. Frighteningly, many people also report that these spam emails are quite threatening in nature.
The reason why this happens is that the WHOIS database is completely open and hence a dream for spammers all over the world. Any information needed to get in touch with a domain registrant is there for the taking. While the WHOIS database does try to keep details as private as possible, spammers develop new techniques on a daily basis themselves, turning it into a cat and mouse game. (more…)