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Whonami - New Resource for Security/Network Admins
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2001 20:42:08 -0500 (CDT)

Forwarded by: Richard Forno <rforno () infowarrior org>

FYI, this is a free public service that I helped launch this week as
an internet community resource....it's still growing and evolving, but
I think anyone involved with CCI, INFOSEC, or network admin work will
find this useful.


Rick Forno
infowarrior.org / whonami.com


Whonami, Ltd. announces the public release of the world's first
independent multi-lingual global domain name search and registration

Whonami Global Internet Name Search Service (GINS) is a user-friendly
web service enabling Internet users to query domain names and phrases
from an ever-growing list of worldwide possibilities. Free to all
users, Whonami GINS operates in seconds - not minutes or days - and
currently conducts searches in over 170 Top-Level Domains (TLDs)
around the world.

As an independent query service not operated by any specific domain
registrar, Whonami GINS is able to offer domain name search and
registration resources covering US Top-Level and unrestricted
international domain names in one search, and will soon support the
growing number of publicly-accepted alternate domains such as Dot-Biz,
Dot-MP3, and Dot-XXX offered by various domain registration companies.
Whonami GINS will also support ICANN-approved new TLDs (such as
Dot-Info) as they become available.

Whonami GINS also provides Internet Protocol address lookups (via the
ARIN IP address database) and facilitates international domain name
searches or registrations by offering English language translation
services. Further, Whonami GINS offers international users the ability
to cut-and-pate search requests from users? native alphabets including
Arabic, Simple Chinese, Cyrillic, Kanji, and others.

The domain name environment is a highly dynamic one, often mixed with
competing industry and organizational interests. In such an
environment, it is essential that a public resource exist that can not
only adapt quickly to change, but can remain objective and focussed on
a specific function instead of multiple business models.

Users of Whonami GINS include new Internet users searching for a
desirable domain name and organizations wishing to develop a list of
all domain names they may own. Whonami GINS is particularly useful for
network administrators and those who must identify potential trademark
infringement or misuse of corporate marks. Whonami GINS is committed
to user privacy and does not archive or exploit logs of its customer
queries or activities.

Whonami GINS is found at http://www.whonami.com/

Inquiries To: info () whonami org

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