We received two responses overnight to our story yesterday in which we told you that AdamsNames.com which operates the ccTLD’s .TC, .GD & .VC had been hacked and its back end provider Key-Systems “locked the registry down” to proect it.
However in the responses that we received from Adamsnames.com today one of which is in the form of an open letter to the Internet Community; they tell quite a different story:
The first comment we received was this:
Our domain name of our website Adamsnames.com hijacked by Key-Systems GmbH.
AdamsNames website is in Turkey since August 2012 and have not changed.
In the open letter to the Internet Community AdamsNames Writes
We are very sorry to have to write to you in such a situation. We are currently experiencing a high level Corporate hijack from the minority shareholder Carsten Pauli and Key Systems GmbH.
As you are all aware AdamsNames Ltd has been run by us for a while.
Key Systems is our former Registry Backend provider.
We recently noticed, the adamsnames.com domain, for which Key Systems was the Registrar had been illegally transferred into another account without any notice or authorization from us.
Upon realizing this we transferred our other gTLD domains to another Registrar.
Due to this matter we lost trust in Key Systems GmbH and decided to run it ourselves.
Please be aware that our Registry is fully operational. All domains can be registered, renewed and updated as usual. We could not trust a company with three ccTLD’s if we could not trust them with one domain!
AdamsNames Ltd can be reached through the following sites. Please do not trust any other sites:
We would also like to point out that our IP addresses remain the same as from August 2012 and have not changed.
If you have any questions please E-Mail email@example.com
We thank you for your patience and understanding, we hope for a speedy resolution to the situation.””
For the record this was the statement we received from Key Systems Yesterday:
“”Yesterday, the KSregistry GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of the Key-Systems GmbH, learned that a third party has executed a transfer of the domain name adamsnames.netand now operates a shadow registry under this domain. According to the CEO of AdamsNames Ltd., Mr. Carsten Pauli, this transfer was not authorized by the registry operator.
The provision of the technical back-end services by KSregistry GmbH for the ccTLDs .TC, .GD and .VG authorized by AdamsNames Ltd., is currently being negatively affected by the actions of the third party.
In order to not endanger the integrity of the zone after addressing the issues, the Key-Systems GmbH as registrar decided that modifications to domains under .TC, .GD and .VG are temporarily not allowed. The resolution and renewal of the domains will not be affected.””
Key-Systems is the owner and operator of Moniker.com and SnapNames.com