Earlier this week, I was following a story lead about an interesting political domain registration. Likely because of the nature of the domain name, the .com version was registered under privacy since it was created, so the actual owner of the domain name wasn’t known. When a newly registered domain name is registered privately, it can be tough to learn the owner.
One interesting thing I noticed was that the primary domain extensions were all registered at the same time. The .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, and .us domain names were all purchased at the same domain registrar, which likely indicated that they were all bought by the same entity.
All of the domain names were registered privately, with the exception of one – the .US domain name. According to a news bulletin from the International Trademark Association, privacy or proxy registrations are not permitted on .US domain names. This means that whoever registered the group of names privately was unable to use privacy on the .US domain name registration.
As a result of this, I was able to see who bought the domain name, and it makes sense based on what I previously learned about the set of domain names. Based on what I learned, it’s probably not much of a story, but I’ll keep monitoring things and perhaps will break something this week or next.
The next time you want to find out the owner of a set of domain names that are almost certainly registered to the same entity, check out the .US domain registration.