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Why Is Internic Restricting WHOIS Queries? 8

Ötti asks: "I just noticed that InterNIC started to restrict access to its WHOIS database. That puts sites like Allwhois into an awkward situation, since they cannot provide lookups anymore. That might sound like a minor problem to those of you located in the U.S., but in other parts of the world it is very convenient to have a unified interface to all registrars in the world. And once again it raises the ultimate questions: Who owns the informations on domain name holders? Why is it not publicly accessible and how can organizations like ICANN help to improve matters?"
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Why is Internic Restricting WHOIS Queries

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  • I noticed that a WHOIS on my existing domain (with network solutions) gives only the most basic information. Is this what you are referring to, or something else?

    Whois Server Version 1.1

    Domain names in the .com, .net, and .org domains can now be registered
    with many different competing registrars. Go to
    for detailed information.

    Domain Name: DOMAIN-NAME.COM
    Whois Server:
    Referral URL:
    Name Server: NS1.DNS.COM
    Name Server: NS2.DNS.COM
    Updated Date: 26-jan-2000

    >>> Last update of whois database: Sat, 8 Jul 00 04:46:44 EDT

    The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .ORG, .EDU domains and

  • Under FreeBSD, or Solaris or several others, if 'whois' takes the -h flag you can use:
    whois -h domainname
    and it will give detailed info.

    fwhois on redhat doesn't support it, not sure about other distros

  • Because of the decentralization of registrars, if you have a domain with NSI you need to use Whois Server: if you run whois then you'll see the info that you're used to.
  • Under RedHat you can use the following format:


  • I happened to be playing with WHOIS last night, and noticed that one of the (registered) domains I was looking at was showing a different registrar with different queries. That domain is registered with either NSI, or Hughes Electronic Commerce Inc, apparently depending on which server you get out of a round robin load sharing arrangement or something.

    I reccomend BW Whois [] for those who want a whois client that functions like it's supposed to. Nice little perl script that even knows how to strip NSI's "drop dead before using this data" disclaimers.
  • FINGER whois, e.g. it utilizes FINGER-like functionality for querying the server, comprende:

    :~$ fwhois
    usage: fwhois user[@]

  • "Because they fucking can." No other reason. It seems, ever since NSI was privatized, the quality of service has plummeted to earth faster than Amazon's stock price. NSI, now headed by *retarded* one-armed monkeys (they were smart monkeys when the government owned them) is out to see to it that your job, as a network administrator, is made as difficult as they possibly can. That's actually their business model, and it's the reason their stock, even in the face of myriad competitors, each of which doing a better job than NSI at domain registration and pricing, continues to climb.

    Retarded, one-armed monkeys, I tell you. Only someting that stupid could come up with the little disclaimer they put before "whois" output.

    - A.P.

    "One World, one Web, one Program" - Microsoft promotional ad

  • Think about it... I love security and this is a good think but if you want information you call can get some whois information from the site. It is still enough to social engineer thinks like password logins .. even r00t if you are good at social engineering ... if you have tech or webmaster's phone number to contact you can easily act like you are from Internic or a place you register. it is all matter of security. Think for a webmaster this is just to protect them a little better.... a little but not much as I saw when i used the service.

"If you want to know what happens to you when you die, go look at some dead stuff." -- Dave Enyeart