Australia's domain name administrator has terminated the
accreditation of Nicholas Bolton's domain business Bottle Domains
on the same day the IT entrepreneur has won a controversial
For the past few weeks Bolton's name has dominated business
headlines due to a complicated battle with transport infrastructure
player BrisConnections, which has seen him successfully parlay a
measly $47,000 investment in the company into a $4.5 million windfall in a technique which the finance community has viewed as " "="" class="c-regularLink" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">greenmailing". However, the situation is still complicated to call an eventual winner.
Bolton is also behind Australian Style, trading as Bottle
Domains, a domain name reseller. However, .au Domain Administration,
which administers Australia's domain name system, today said it had
cancelled the group's accreditation, meaning it would not be able to continue to provide domain name services.
auDA said it had been
notified in February by the Australian Federal Police that there
had been a security incident affecting Bottle Domains'
At the time, Bottle said an employee of a competing domain
registrar, which had had a software licensing agreement with
Bottle, had breached the company's security. It claimed a Perth
man had been arrested in connection with the breach.
But auDA said not only had Bottle failed to notify auDA of a
previous incident in April 2007, but it had not reset passwords or
alerted its customers to the possibility that their accounts might
have been compromised. Bottle also failed to complete a security
audit, auDA alleged.
"auDA takes security issues very seriously," said auDA CEO,
Chris Disspain. "In our view, Bottle Domains' failure to deal
properly with the security incident in April 2007 demonstrated an
alarming disregard of the potential risks to its own customers, and
to the overall stability and integrity of the Australian DNS."
"Given the seriousness of the matter, it is appropriate that
auDA terminate Bottle Domains' registrar accreditation."
Disspain said there was no connection in the timing between
Bolton's BisConnections battle and its own action. Bolton also
operates an associated business, Domain Central.
auDA said the domain names of Bottle customers were not at risk.
The regulator was contacting customers to let them know what action
to take. ZDNet.com.au was unable to contact Bottle Domains at the
time of publication.