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Easydns.com stole my domain name

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by mitsy, Jan 17, 2018.

  1. #1
    I have experienced a very bad issue at easydns.com. I own a domain name (youtube-mp3.to) at them which the expiration date is 23 JAN 2018. But last week i saw that my domain is now registered by someone else.

    i have asked easydns support, but they told me that .to domains are automatically open for new registrations 15 days BEFORE the expiration date (very ridiculous). That's a very interesting explanation cuz the faq page at tonic.to (who runs the .to registry) indicates that the domains are open for new registrations even AFTER 30 days of expiration date.
    Then i emailed tonic.to about this issue and they have verified me that they could see the registry is altered! Now easydns stopped explanations for my ticket.
    This means that easydns can steal your domain names!
    I wanted to warn all easydns customers about this. Save yourself and transfer your valuable domains to another registrar before you experience the same issue like me :(

    anybody experienced something similar to me? any advice for me to save my domain name back?
    (at my easydns account panel, it still shows that domain is owned by me -which is normal-, but currently registry is altered and i cannot renew and protect my domain name. here is the screenshot)

    easydns3-2.png
    SEMrush
     
    mitsy, Jan 17, 2018 IP
    SEMrush
  2. qwikad.com

    qwikad.com Illustrious Member Affiliate Manager

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    They probably don't want to get sued over the trademark violations. I doubt that the domain name will be used by anyone again.
     
    qwikad.com, Jan 17, 2018 IP
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  3. mitsy

    mitsy Active Member

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    yeah you may be right :) i hope they will give me the domain rights back to me..
     
    mitsy, Jan 17, 2018 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    #4
    If they don't want to be sued, then they probably won't. You might need to negotiate a push to another domain registrar.
     
    sarahk, Jan 17, 2018 IP
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  5. mitsy

    mitsy Active Member

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    somebody is trying to sell the domain meanwhile.. best practice for them is this way, sell the domain, take the money, all is good :)
    but the thing they forgot is, domain is not so popular. there was around 600k daily connections to the domain, and im sure they thought that there is huge traffic, maybe this pushed them to steal the domain.. but those are not actual visitors, all requests were made by another server to this domain :D
     
    mitsy, Jan 17, 2018 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Have you talked to your lawyer?
     
    sarahk, Jan 17, 2018 IP
  7. mitsy

    mitsy Active Member

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    not yet but i think i have to start legal process asap. (especially before the expiration date)
     
    mitsy, Jan 17, 2018 IP
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    StuntPope Active Member

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    This is Mark from easyDNS (CEO). We're aware of this situation and we're trying to get to the bottom of it. We manage .TO domains via our backend partner who handles a lot of ccTLDs and new GTLDs (EPAG).

    We're working on figuring out why this happened and if there's anything we can do about it, I don't want to comment too much further because we're still working on it.

    To the original poster, I sent you an email a couple hours ago, sorry I should have sent you one yesterday when I first heard about this and became involved in the situation.

    - mark
     
    StuntPope, Jan 17, 2018 IP
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  9. mitsy

    mitsy Active Member

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    hello mark, thanks for replying the thread.
    actually i primarily care about taking back the rights of my domain, secondarily i care about the reason how this has happened. Please do whatever it's needed as soon as possible to solve this problem. we lost too many visitors because of you, and you lose reputation on the market, this is not good for both of us.
    i'm sure you will help and lets close this issue without any further problems
     
    mitsy, Jan 17, 2018 IP
  10. mitsy

    mitsy Active Member

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    by "lets close" i meant to solve the issue by giving the domain back to me, not closing as it is
     
    mitsy, Jan 17, 2018 IP
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    StuntPope Active Member

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    I totally understand. If it were up to me, you'd have it back already. The problem is it is not within our power to restore it at the moment. But we haven't given up on this. We're still working on it.
     
    StuntPope, Jan 17, 2018 IP
  12. mitsy

    mitsy Active Member

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    thanks for taking care of the issue personally. i hope to get good news from your side
     
    mitsy, Jan 17, 2018 IP
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    mitsy Active Member

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    hi mark, any progress on the issue?
     
    mitsy, Jan 19, 2018 IP
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    mitsy Active Member

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    just like i guessed, nothing more than a reply which look like i'm taken care of..
    any news mark? are we getting the domain back? or you have accepted that we lost it?
     
    mitsy, Jan 22, 2018 IP
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    StuntPope Active Member

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    I've been emailing you over the weekend with updates and sent you a bunch today:

    domain is back, in your account, has already been reverted to your previous nameservers (but your website is showing an error page right now, you'll have to check into that)

    we still have to complete an inbound transfer and we've sent you the auth code to complete that.
     
    StuntPope, Jan 23, 2018 IP
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    mitsy Active Member

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    thats an awesome news! thanks for caring and saving the name back to us again!
     
    mitsy, Jan 24, 2018 IP
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    StuntPope Active Member

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    I'm sorry it happened. Big clusterf*ck. Had help from Tonic, Tucows and Uniregistry to clean it up.
     
    StuntPope, Jan 24, 2018 IP
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    BMR777 Active Member

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    I just found this thread and I was wondering what the root cause of the domain getting transferred away was. I am also an EasyDNS customer and I am curious as to how this happened. Was this something at the account level (ex the user's account got hacked / reused password, etc), a problem at EasyDNS or a problem originating at another registrar?
     
    BMR777, Feb 11, 2018 IP
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    mitsy Active Member

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    problem was not by my account password etc. Mark has told me that it was because of the background at .to registry. i'm not sure who is the real responsible behind this.. but easydns recovered the domain name back to me. i lost %80 of my traffic during this problem, but getting recovered is much better than not being taken care of. easydns did their best to help me and i appreciate it.
     
    mitsy, Feb 15, 2018 IP
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    scylla Notable Member

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    It does not mean that easydns stole your domain name, it means that you failed to renew the .to domain 15 days before it expired, so someone else snatched it up. Next time, don't wait until the last minute to try to do something about renewing the domain.
     
    scylla, Apr 15, 2018 IP