Government reserved domain names illegally registered by domain squatters

At least 18 reserved .cn domains were registered illegally by domain squatters, said the .cn domain registry CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) this week. These high-value domain names have been cancelled.

These 18 reserved domains, including “tianjin.cn”, “nanjing.cn” and “120.cn”, were registered during September 2010 to January 2011. CNNIC announced that the materials for these applications were counterfeit and the case has been reported to the police.

The scandal was first reported on the internet by domain guru Zheng Minjie (郑敏杰), who had filed a lawsuit against the government on these domains. Accoding to Mr.Zheng, some evidence pointed to the former director of CNNIC, Mao Wei (毛伟). These reserved domain names worth hundreds of thousands of yuan on domain market, Mr.Zheng believed that some insiders manipulated the illegal registration for profit.