Dear members and guests of InterN0T,
We haven't given up, and we know that it's taking a long time, for some it is almost too long time, but we haven't given up. What troubles us the most is that after several attempts to make 1and1 release the domain back to us, they keep ignoring us it seems.
It has been a long struggle so far, and in one day they could actually destroy the domain by a mistake or by other imbecile means. We've mentioned several times that they've violated ICANN policy, and that they have no right to hold the domain "hostage" as they are still currently doing.
According to the ICANN policy, they must provide the domain owner with an authorization code and the means to unlock the domain, within 5 days of the request. That, is the official ICANN policy, that is above anything 1and1 can make up or say, their ToS, license, or anything they add to bend those rules.
The problem is, 1and1 and many other hosting providers that also functions as domain registrars, doesn't realise that it's actually "illegal" to break the ICANN policy like this, and I believe that if enough cases are made against them, they can be permanently banned as registrars.
Imagine they host 1 million domains and customers pay ~6$ per domain, that's 6 million dollars, and if people can't register domains at a hosting provider, why would most choose hosting as well at the same place. After being patient for so long, we're hoping that 1and1 and all other hosting providers breaking ICANN policy will fall this year. ICANN should step in and say stop, not just because of the case with InterN0T, but so many other cases where they break the policy.
As a UDRP case with ICANN will take even longer, we've waited to avoid this. But as time goes, this is soon going to be the road that we'll take, where we will report to ICANN that 1and1 won't release our intern0t.net domain. Suing 1and1 has even come to our mind, even though it would require funds we do not have available right now, but the time may come this year when we do.
But for now, we will focus on getting the site back, even though the forums will definitely not be up to date, as we couldn't find any recent backups, but the forums will return, as there is so much content we often need that is hard to find anywhere else.
Indeed it has taken too long time, and we probably should've worked harder, but running a website on a domain that could disappear from one day to another, is not something we wish for to happen, hence the reason we also bought intern0t.org.
By many thanks to a member of InterN0T we have good, stable, faster and reliable servers, where the hosting provider is fine with us hosting our forum on their servers. We're glad, that the "Anti-Hacker" madness has not yet taken over all hosting providers, as it seems more and more bans all websites related to hacking.