Drop.com.au – Names for Mates – Part II

On Thursday, Drop.com.au gave possession of their Terrific server connection to someone they have a commercial relationship with, so he could buy Company.com.au for $6.50. This domain had verified bids of $17,777 on Wednesday and $27,777 on Thursday with Drop’s competitor, Netfleet.

Now, we follow up from last night’s story: Funny Business Going On At Drop.com.au

We reached out to Patrick Donaldson, Manager of Afilias Australia (The .AU Domain Database Registry Operator) and he agreed to read this article, consider, and provide feedback.

We have also reached out to auDA and they confirm they are aware of the situation and we are awaiting their feedback.

So, let’s lay out all the facts as they currently stand…

Since July 1st, 2018, Afilias have been given the responsibility of running the .AU Domain Registry Database. The only two drop-catching platforms since that time have been Netfleet and Drop.com.au(.)

In recent months, Domainer has been receiving various complaints about the Drop.com.au platform. We have been studying various drop-catching situations that have caused us to question the reliability and reputation of the Drop.com.au platform.

Unfortunately, on Wednesday, our worst fears came true. We caught Drop.com.au manipulating the drop platform process with a premium domain name. We witnessed “technical trickery” with the domain name Company.com.au that caused our jaws to drop.

We know this, because, we, the Domainer team, were watching.

And I personally know this, because I was the winning bidder on both platforms.

We all know that no one was able to win the domain name that day, because, just like Land.com.au a few weeks ago, something caused Company.com.au NOT to drop.

I will now lay out, in layman’s terms, exactly how Drop.com.au stopped Company.com.au from dropping and the wrong reasoning, in my opinion, behind why they did it.

Anthony Peake from Drop.com.au registered a new domain name DS-UniquePPP.com.au around the 30th April, 2019. If not on this exact date, then at least after Company.com.au first appeared on the drop list.

You will note the above screenshot was taken on Wednesday, in the morning, a few hours before Company.com.au was due to drop.

You will also notice:

  • The Registrar for this domain name was: Drop.com.au Pty Ltd
  • The Registrant for this domain name was: anthony.peake@gmail.com
  • The Name Servers are set to NS1.COMPANY.COM.AU and NS2.COMPANY.COM.AU

By creating this domain name and setting it’s DNS to point to Company.com.au(,) Anthony independently and deliberately gained complete control over when the domain name would drop, once he had seen the bids placed on his own Drop platform. One would say he became the “master” of the domain name at that moment, on the drop system, with the power to stop it from dropping at will, and allowing it to be able to be dropped another day, by simply changing the nameservers.

There are various reasons one could choose to do this… including “buying time” for all sorts of reasons…

The technical “manipulation” explanation as to how he did this is he pointed the DNS of DS-UniquePPP.com.au at the Company.com.au domain name. By doing that, he made the new DS-UniquePPP.com.aureliant” on Company.com.au and this told the Afilias Registry database that “there’s a domain name reliant on Company.com.au(,) so “IT CAN’T BE DROPPED TODAY”.

Although you could never do this when AusRegistry was running the Registry Database, in theory, right now that this is public information, we can all go out and do this ourselves!

After we saw, first-hand, that what Anthony had done was systematically and deliberately stop the domain name from dropping, I contacted Anthony to get his story on it.

“Sounds like one of my testing domains…”

.. he said, insinuating he was only “testing” the Afilias system for “bugs”. Yet for some reason, seemed to be doing this often and never telling anyone about it.

But what possible reason could he have been choosing to stop this particularCompany.com.au domain name from dropping?

Well, in this case we find the owner of Company.com.au is Jonathan Horne from DomainProtector.com.au, and his Registrar has been, and continues to be Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd.

Terrific Servers have been controlling and still control the Company.com.au domain name.

If we next look at who owns the Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd business, we see the co-owners are:

  • Anthony Peake
  • Dina Horne

Drop.com.au appears to have been using, leasing and has a commercial relationship with the Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd servers to catch domain names. I know that I’ve seen that Registrar name pop up every now and then when I’ve caught a domain name in the past through the Drop system.

Even Blind Freddy can see the relationship between Mr Horne and Anthony Peake above.

Domainer believes Anthony deliberately stopped the Company.com.au domain name from dropping yesterday, because Jonathan Horne, Anthony Peake’s colleague, and (some would say) co-owner of Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd, wasn’t going to win his own domain name back. Anthony could see the bids rising on his own Drop.com.au platform.

W believe he did this because of “conflicts of interest” and his own personal commercial relationship with the owner of the domain name Company.com.au, which is Jonathan Horne. 

Company Records of Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd show “Dina Horne” owns this business with Anthony Peake – however, as shown on yesterday’s Domainer article; David Warmuz sent a text message explaining that it was actually “Jonathan Horne” who controlled the Terrific Server Connections when he stated:

“Jono took back his Registrar connection and somehow managed to catch the name”.

Anthony and Drop.com.au broke a number of auDA Registrar Policy agreements when he chose to manipulate the premium domain name from dropping. We will be going into all of these shortly, because there are quite a number of them.

Jonathan Horne allowed his domain name to lapse. He was going to lose his domain name yesterday on the drop platform system, but Anthony Peake and Drop.com.au made a decision to stop that from happening.

What they did next, was even more diabolical…

As mentioned above, I, like a lot of people, was bidding to win the domain.

On the Wednesday, when the domain was first dropping, I happened to have the highest bid on Netfleet and I was also the highest bid on the Drop.com.au platform at $25,000 – but on speaking to both Anthony and David Warmuz at Drop.com.au they won’t “deny or approve” that claim.

So…

Because I raised all of the above with Anthony Peake and David Warmuz on Wednesday, I was BANNED from using the Drop.com.au system at that point.

The next day, I was told that auDA and Afilias were “stepping in” and forcing the domain to drop on Thursday.

On Thursday, I again had the highest bid at Netfleet, to win the domain name that day, but miraculously, Drop.com.au won the domain name instead. Or more specifically, the Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd server that Drop controls, won the domain name.

And this is where the story gets even more interesting…

I know FOR A FACT how much Drop.com.au would have had to publicly disclose the domain name going for.

We have evidence that a Drop.com.au client successfully placed a $25,000 bid on the Drop.com.au system on Thursday. But they were not successful in winning, even though the Drop.com.au platform won the domain that day.

This can only mean one thing…

In the past, Anthony Peake has stated any domain name that has had a bid on a domain name, that has not “dropped” for “some reason”… that bid amount will remain and will be carried on to the next day. That is exactly what happened with Land.com.au(.) He carried on the $50k and $100k bids day after day and didn’t “reset” them between days.

On Thursday, Anthony Peake decided to change those rules.

I was banned and my $25,000 bid was cancelled.

All because I tried to buy a domain name on Wednesday that was dropping.

So, someone else was instead allowed to place a $25,000 BID on Thursday, that said EXCELLENT! (we have screenshots and testimony) and they were LOCKED IN to win the domain for $25,000.

So, this means, the only way Jonathan Horne could have won his own domain name back, would have been to bid $50,000 on the Drop.com.au platform on the day it won.

However, David Warmuz, the owner of Drop.com.au sent me a text message moments after the drop process ended on Thursday, miraculously showing Mr Horne winning his own domain name back.

In that text message, David Warmuz wrote:

“Interesting twist to this saga. Jono TOOK BACK his Registrar connection and somehow managed to catch this name”

In my own words, and in my own opinion, I personally translate this into meaning:

“Jono doesn’t have to pay the $50,000, because even though Drop.com.au runs 7 servers and Netfleet runs 8 servers all trying to catch dropping domain names, “somehow“, this morning, I gave Jono Horne full control of the Terrific Registrar service (technically owned by Anthony and Jono’s Wife) when he “took back his Registrar connection” and “somehow” he managed to win the Company.com.au domain name back for himself for the $6.50 registration fee.

$6.50

I’m sorry, but at this point I have to swear…

What a crock of bullshit.

And this is how you treat your customers? And one of your top, highest-paying customers, after all these years?!

Absolutely discraceful Anthony and David.

I don’t care if I’m banned from Drop.com.au forever, all for simply trying to buy a domain name fairly and squarely off the drop platform system.

I believe Drop.com.au is a corrupt platform from this moment forward, manipulating domain names on the drop platform for their own desired outcomes.

I believe their drop catching license should be revoked and ANY domain names that have been manipulated in this way since July 2018 should be investigated and FULLY REFUNDED and placed BACK ON THE DROPS in the interest of fair play.

This story is only just getting started.

Technically this means that any domain that has not dropped on the day it was due, since 1st July 2018 (when Afilias took over the Registry Database), and has been won by Drop.com.au is now in question. This includes Land.com.au(.)

And with that, let’s flat-out ask that question:

Is this what happened to Land.com.au(,) which is still owned and controlled by Anthony Peake’s Domain Shield according to the WHOIS (screenshot available) after all this time?

Here are the big questions that need answering:

1. Have Drop.com.au done this before with any other domains? One that comes to mind that’s currently affected is Land.com.au(.)

2. Are Afilias aware of what’s been going on? Are they aware there may be potential breaches of their Registry Agreement?

3. Is Jonathan Horne going to pay the $50,000 for the domain name, the only possible bid he could have made on the Drop Platform on either day, or is he going to publicly go along with David Warmuz’s unbelievable story that David gave him back the Terrific Servers on Thursday morning, in the nick of time, and Jonathan caught his own name back a few hours later against all of Netfleet’s and Drop’s 15 servers, for $6.50?

We all await the answers to these questions.

Company.com.au just sold for $6.50 on the drops, according to David Warmuz.

Story developing.

20 thoughts on “Drop.com.au – Names for Mates – Part II

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    May 3, 2019 at 11:05 am
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    1. Previous registrant of domain company.com.au finds out he forgot to renew the domain company.com.au and domain will be deleted.
    2. Terrific.com.au (who Drop.com.au uses their registry connections to catch domain names) creates hostnames ns1.company.com.au and ns2.company.com.au to point to Drop.com.au’s IP addresses in the registry.
    3. Drop.com.au registers domain ds-uniqueppp.com.au
    4. Drop.com.au set the nameservers on ds-uniqueppp.com.au to ns1.company.com.au and ns2.company.com.au
    5. Company.com.au does not drop on the day because other domains in the registry rely on ns1.company.com.au and ns2.company.com.au
    6. Auda is notified and intervenes and tells Afilias the name must drop the following day. Afilias changes the nameservers on domains that rely on ns1.company.com.au and ns2.company.com.au and deletes the hostnames ns1.company.com.au and ns2.company.com.au from the registry
    7. Domain drops and gets picked up by Terrific.com.au
    8. Ceo of Drop.com.au says they were only showing Afilias the issue that they had already told Afilias about months ago, not colluding with their friend to getting back a premium domain company.com.au after owner failed to renew the domain.

    I think all of these are facts except for number 8.

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      May 3, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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      3 & 4 makes 8 look doubtful aye!

      Perhaps include Point 9. drop catchers are service providers to the public on the basis of first come first serve and not first come ‘self serve’.

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    May 3, 2019 at 11:11 am
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    This is so wrong in many ways I don’t know where to begin.

    I would also suggest you make a formal complaint to both the auDA General Advisory Standing Committee and Technical Advisory Standing Committee so that this issue can be looked at transparently and not just swept under the table.

    There is way too much “bending of the rules” and if auDA is to be taken seriously as the regulatory body then it must take action according to it’s own policy. Not just a slap on the wrist.

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  • Scott.L
    May 3, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    auDA should Ban this Blind Bidding Bullshit, it obviously leads to inside trading. Perhaps, auDA needs to “Review” Drop Catchers, and bring about a Policy to Regulate drop catching activities.

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    May 3, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    As some readers may know, I was the founder of Domainer. I sold it to Robert early last year. I also briefly owned Drop and two other registrars before selling to the current owners Trellian.

    I write because I am deeply concerned by the reported events concerning the domain company.com.au. I have spoken with Anthony Peake and David Warmuz (from Drop) this morning to ask them for their side of the story. I consider both of them friends – as is Nikki at Netfleet.

    I can understand Robert’s anger at what has transpired. He was the top bidder on both platforms on the day the domain was supposed to drop, but he was denied because Drop manipulated the system to make it drop the following day. Why did they do this? Because they could (they tested exploiting a bug in the registry system). They also wanted to try and catch Netfleet on the hop. Apparently all is fair in “love and drop-catching”.

    Then the next day things got really murky, and we ended up with a scenario which I find incredibly hard to believe. i.e. a Registrar (Terrific) with a single connection to the Registry takes back the connection that was leased to Drop, and then beats the might of both Drop and Netfleet’s registry connections and well-oiled drop-catching software to acquire a domain that they had mistakenly let drop.

    What makes this look worse is that Anthony Peake from Drop is also a Director of Terrific. Perception is everything. Both Anthony and David acknowledged to me that this doesn’t look good, but they swear black and blue that they were also “done over”.

    auDA talks everywhere about the importance of integrity in the .au space. Registrars are auDA’s front line troops, so it has to start with them. I therefore believe that auDA and Afilias should investigate this particular incident, and take action if required.

    As I said to both David and Anthony, if the situation was reversed and it was Netfleet who did this, Drop would be screaming blue murder given that Netfleet’s old regime got caught out badly with a bit of “insider trading” back in 2015: https://domainer.com.au/open-letter-to-netfleet/ It’s interesting to read some of the 79 comments back then!

    People need to be able to bid with confidence on both drop-catching platforms, knowing that the bids they place are sacrosanct; and that there won’t be any manipulation under any circumstances. I sincerely hope Drop learns from this.

    Ned

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    May 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    Wasn’t the domain at Terrific , so it could be plausible that is why they got it first. Milliseconds is the time to reach a registrar, but I’m only guessing.
    Looks like another townsville.com.au raising it head.

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    May 3, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    Booohoooooooooooooo

    Bring back Domain Watch

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    May 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    On an alternative domain name forum, David Warmuz has today made some more MASSIVE claims.

    1. He states “there IS a Registry bug that [is] able to be exploited”.

    2. It appears as though he is blaming this on “both auDA & Afilias” because he has told them “many times going back at least 6 months”.

    3. He calls the domain not dropping a “bug”, but the “bug” won’t work unless someone MANUALLY CREATES DNS RECORDS to create the “reliance” so the NAME WON’T DROP. It’s almost like a “MAGIC BUTTON” that Netfleet was not able to use, nor had any knowledge about. Anthony was the individual who pushed that “MAGIC BUTTON”, proven because he created and OWNED the DS-UniquePPP.com.au domain name that STOPPED THE DROP. And we can all see Anthony’s commercial relationship with the “Horne’s” above.

    4. My “demanding” messages to Drop.com.au and me “threatening” them was me saying “You guys are out of control, manipulating and being the judge-jury-executioners of the drop system, and you are in dangerous territory and you need to fix all this and make it right and public very quickly, and… is this what happened with Land.com.au ?????”……… And then I was BANNED. So if you want to call that “being threatening”, go ahead. When I saw what they had done, they deserved to be called on it, strongly, so that’s what I did. I also don’t believe at that point in time they knew the Domainer Team had caught them “red-handed”.

    5. David has just publicly admitted I was the HIGHEST BIDDER. Due to the fact I was also the highest bidder at Netfleet on the Wednesday for $17,777 – and Drop single-handedly STOPPED the domain from dropping… Surely this means… I am writing to auDA about this.

    6. But…. now David has gone ahead and admitted THIS: “In a final twist, the prior owner of this domain, also happened to be the owner of Terrific, a registrar that Drop.com.au “had” been using for drop catching all this time that was fully set up for drop catching. But instead of being used for Drop.com.au to catch this domain, the owner used it to catch the domain directly. As a result, neither Netfleet nor Drop were able to secure the domain for our highest bidder.” —– WOW.

    7. And then, he ADMITTED THIS: “Hi Scott, Jono used his own drop-catch tech on his own Terrific registrar to catch this domain. This was done without our knowledge. This was totally unexpected and caught us totally by surprise where we were not ready for that or had the chance to put in other strategies to win the name, had we known about this in advance.” —— WOW

    8. But the icing on the cake for today, seems to be when David Warmuz WROTE THIS: “I already clarified above that Drop used the dns bug to delay the drop and reported that to afilias/auda to correct this.” ——OMG

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    May 4, 2019 at 8:27 am
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    David Warmuz’s story is now set in concrete and all the cracks are starting to show.

    With over 1000 domain names dropping every day, the one and only name they decided to perform a “bug-test” with on Wednesday was a premium domain they saw on their own platform that had bids of over $10,000 on it.

    Jonathan Horne didn’t create the DNS to stop the name from dropping that day, ANTHONY DID, as the Registrant Owner of DS-UniquePPP.com.au PROVES.

    AT ANY TIME before the domain was due to drop on the Wednesday, they could have REMOVED the dodgy name servers pointing at Company.com.au to let the domain name drop and invoice the $25,000 to the winning bid, if they won. But they probably wouldn’t have won. Netfleet probably would have won the name for $17,777.

    AT ANY TIME they could have allowed the process to be “FAIR”.

    They saw the bids on their own platform rising and rising and rising, and they told no one what they were doing.

    THEY CHOSE TO KEEP THE DOMAIN LOCKED FROM DROPPING.

    Instead they chose to “improperly, negligently and wilfully affect the integrity and stability of the domain name system”.

    If they had tested “other domains too”, they would have already stated that. It’s clear they didn’t.

    They only tested that ONE PREMIUM DOMAIN.

    And then…

    They gave the Terrific Servers back to the owner of the same domain they were “bug testing” for, who happens to be in a commercial relationship with Anthony from Drop…

    And then…

    Out of around 15 server connections, that one single Terrific Server wins the owner back his own domain name for $6.50.

    Which means, in a magical moment of a few minutes, out of nowhere, Australia’s THIRD new Drop-Catcher was BORN in the nick of time?!?!

    One could imagine auDA staff looking around the offices at each other saying, “Since when did we have THREE Drop Catchers in operation?”.

    Would Drop have ever told anyone about this if they weren’t caught “red-handed”?

    I believe “NO”, they wouldn’t have.

    Would Anthony ever have resigned from the Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd company is they weren’t caught “red-handed”?

    I believe “NO”.

    This is clearly NAMES FOR MATES and needs to be OFFICIALLY INVESTIGATED and MADE RIGHT.

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    May 4, 2019 at 9:12 am
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    Jono Horne rang me late yesterday to put his side of the story. He said he had also emailed Rob Kaay (but didn’t speak with him).

    I’ve had a few cups of tea with Jono over the years, and I really like and admire him. In many ways, he is like Rob – very entrepreneurial. In his early days, he also used to butt heads with auDA over what you could do and couldn’t do in the .au space. 🙂

    I heard him out, but I found his explanation somewhat implausible. To me, it didn’t pass the “pub test” – though of course, I might be very wrong. Whilst Jono maintains he did nothing untoward, he did acknowledge that the situation / perception didn’t look good.

    I suggested he post his explanation online, but he said “that wasn’t his style”. Though it was his style when he piled into Netfleet back in 2015! https://domainer.com.au/open-letter-to-netfleet/#comment-491 .

    I hope he reconsiders – it would be good for everyone (including auDA) to hear his point of view.

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    May 4, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    Hey Ned, great to see you weighing in on this matter. forgive my ignorance- but what’s AUDA got to do with all this?

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      May 4, 2019 at 10:24 am
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      If Jono says that he suddenly withdrew Terrific’s drop-catching connection from Drop with one day’s notice so that he could use it himself to catch that domain, then I think he potentially has a problem with auDA.

      Why? Because the original purchase of Terrific from Anthony had to be purposely structured to ensure that legally Jono had no “association” or “effective control” over the Registrar (due to his other domain related activities). I know from personal experience that auDA is red hot on this!

      It was Jono’s wife and Anthony that were Directors at all relevant times. Yet everything that we have read over the past few days suggests that it is was Jono unilaterally making the decision to revoke / rescind the registry connection allocated to Drop (when he was not a Director of the company), and Anthony was blindsided.

      But maybe I’m wrong; and there is another explanation?

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      • Scott.L
        May 4, 2019 at 11:21 am
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        Good point Ned, I imagine all related entities involved are bound by a ‘contractual instrument’ accepted by auDA (as a binding agreement) and for that to be contravened so easily by a person who is not a Director of Drop, Terrific, or Trellian is absurdity.

        auDA can’t sweep this under the rug, drop catchers provide a service to the public on behalf of a public asset, any finagling in it compromises the integrity and trust of that system.

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    May 5, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    On DN Trade, some everyday clients of Drop are calling for an investigation because of Drops manipulations. Seems appropriate. Very disappointed in Trellian.

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    May 5, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    David Warmuz has written today;

    “I actually asked Domainer to post what we did in a call we had, as we wanted to highlight this bug and get it fixed, but unfortunately he posted the “breaking news” post that did not state anything factual and at least he realized that he crossed the line and promptly took it down.”

    This is not true.

    In fact, he never once mentioned Jonathan Horne had a connection and would be using the Terrific Servers to catch the domain either, during that call. Or that it was “just a bug test” and could only be performed due to the “Terrific Servers” being the Registrar.

    How many years has Jonathan Horne had access to Anthony’s Terrific Server connection?

    If this was true and that “unique” a test, surely he would have told me that on the Wednesday afternoon after the name didn’t drop. HE DIDN’T.

    In my opinion, this “Terrific Servers” story was simply invented “after the fact”.

    All he did at that one time on the phone with me (on the Wednesday afternoon), when I mentioned we had caught the DS-UniquePPP.com.au “block” was laugh and say, “So what, what are you going to do, put a post up on Domainer?!”

    I did not cross the line with the “breaking news” post at all.

    The “breaking news” post stated news that was coming that “was factual”, it was just better to take it down as he requested, so that three-hours later we could post a stronger version of the same story.

    But most importantly, I posted the initial “breaking news” post to give David and Anthony “a chance” to make what they had done right, to come forward, go public and own up to what they had done, before THIS HAPPENED.

    Instead they just BANNED ME.

    We all know what happened next.

    Now it’s first thing Sunday morning and David Warmuz is still trying to squirm out of this.

    Every single Australian business needs to be concerned about this. As we stand, the Australian drop-platform system is broken and untrustworthy.

    Full investigation must start tomorrow.

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    May 5, 2019 at 9:11 am
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    3A. 6 – Third party access to the Registry

    The Registrar must not permit any other person to have any access to any part of the Registry, whether through the utilisation of the Registrar’s electronic connection to the Registry, or otherwise, except:

    3A. 6.1 – where specifically permitted under a Published Policy, in accordance with the requirements set out in the Published Policy; or

    3A. 6.2 – with the prior written permission of auDA, and in compliance with any conditions imposed by auDA relating to such access.

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    May 5, 2019 at 9:26 am
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    What is disturbing is that Jonathan Horne, a well known domain investor, has control over a Registrar (Terriffic.com.au), which is totally against auDA policy, through his wife who is a part owner/director of the company. Let alone that Anthony Peake is (was) a major shareholder of the same company.

    auDA needs to do a thorough investigation, which includes obtaining relevant ASIC documents to discover the relationships between these companies and it’s directors.

    At a minimum, there should be some sort of suspension imposed by auDA on the registrars in question. It has happened before.

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    May 5, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    on man, did anyone else see how “Jono Horne” grilled Netfleet from Ned’s link above from 2015?!

    https://domainer.com.au/open-letter-to-netfleet/#comment-491

    Jono demanded that netfleet:

    1) Take responsibility for what has happened
    2) Be honest with the extent and background of the “legacy way” – Who could have had access, do you have log files showing access and when, how long has it been accessible?
    3) What will be done about the culture of dishonesty that has been shown by staff?
    4) How is the auction going to function in the future to ensure their is transparency
    5) How do you report on such breaches internally? And in light of your auDA accreditation and soon to be ISS compliance?

    Irony much?

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    May 5, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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    David Warmuz said today, “Yes there are thousands of names dropping every day, but it is not as if we could pick any one domain from the list. We can only pick names that are expiring from one of our registrars that we own or had access to at the time prior to the drop, simply we do not have many domains that expire and drop every day, and especially the day after the Afilias registry update that was supposed to fix this. ”

    and…

    “company.com.au was the ONLY domain that we had bids on that was dropping from one of our registrars that we controlled at the time (Terrific) for running tests that we could test this on. So our options to test names like that was rather restricted and limited.”

    Here is a list of several of other names meeting that same criteria they could have “tested” instead that day, but chose not to:

    pdpressurewashing.com.au Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd
    uthayancarpetsteamcleaning.com.au Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd
    fireniceworld.com.au Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd
    brilliantbeginners.com.au Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd
    companionchip.com.au Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd
    distinctiveshellcreations.com.au Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd
    pumpernickleproductions.com.au Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd
    milanobar.com.au Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd
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  • Scott.L
    May 5, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    “company.com.au was the ONLY domain that we had bids on that was dropping from one of our registrars that we controlled at the time (Terrific) for running tests that we could test this on.”

    Why would it be important to have a domain with bids? It’s a “bug” manually programmed to exploit the domain from dropping on the day, it has nothing to do with bids on their platform.

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