Continuing on from our last article that outlined how Drop.com.au used “technical trickery” to stop a domain name from dropping, then handed over their own Terrific Server Connection to a friend with a direct commercial relationship to win the domain name back for himself.
Today Domainer would like to clear up exactly what this “bug” is and ask you to consider that it isn’t really a “bug” at all, as Drop.com.au are claiming.
Rather than a bug, we believe it’s really a process to delay a domain from dropping, or PDDD for short.
And Drop.com.au 100% used this power to stop Company.com.au from dropping and they STILL HAVE THIS POWER TODAY.
Here’s how Drop can perform the “process to delay a domain from dropping” whenever they like;
Step 1. They find a domain name on the drop list that they “don’t want to drop”.
Step 2. They create “GLUE RECORDS” – A glue record is simply the association of a hostname (nameserver, or DNS ) with an IP address at the registry.
Step 3. They register a new domain name (eg – DS-UniquePPP.com.au) and point the DNS records directly to the domain name they want to stop from dropping, to create a DEPENDENCY.
Hey Presto! They just deliberately stopped a domain name from dropping.
And it appears they have known about this PDDD since July 1st, 2018 and have NEVER told Netfleet.
How does this help Drop.com.au?
In a multiple of ways.
Firstly, it gives them time to get all their “ducks in a row”, particularly their server connections.
Secondly, Anthony was involved in building the Netfleet Drop-Catching system, back in the day, so we believe he may have knowledge that Netfleet are “less successful” in catching domain names if they are moved to the following day.
The way we know for a fact that Drop.com.au did this in the dying hours of Company.com.au dropping is, if the “Glue Records” and “DNS Dependency” had already been engaged for this domain name over a week ago, IT WOULD NEVER HAVE APPEARED ON THE DROP LIST IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Because, this is how Afilias have the Registry System configured at this moment!
Afilias seem to have created a rule that states: if a domain name has “glue records” at the Registry and “DNS Dependency”, then, DO NOT LIST THE DOMAIN NAME ON THE DROPS.
This was never the case with the AusRegistry system.
What Drop.com.au did was a deliberate act to stop Company.com.au from dropping. Then, the Terrific Server Connection that Drop.com.au have been using for ages, was suddenly handed over to a friend with a commercial relationship at the last minute to BEAT one of their own clients.
Sound like a fair company?
Sound like a fair system?
How many domain names have Drop.com.au been doing this with, since July 1st, 2018?