Following the deletion of six UK domain names last week, US registration service InterNIC has been randomly deleting '.com' addresses again this week.
As if to prove recent warnings that '.com' domain names are not safe, InterNIC, the '.com' registration service run by US company Network Solutions, apparently deleted more domain names over last weekend by running bugged clean-up software through its lists.
As usual, the problem was fixed only after numerous Internet users had their messages bounced from the deleted domain names and complained. US Internet service provider Web Communications had its domain deleted for the second time.
Once again, InterNIC's automated complaint system based on email and voicemail meant urgent requests to get domain names back online were unable to get a response.
Last week, six UK firms suffered a 48-hour email black-out when InterNIC deleted their domain names in the mistaken belief they had not paid their registration fee.
Internet service providers have complained about the service Network Solutions is providing, which is up for renegotiation early next year. Noone at Network Solutions was available to comment.
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