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If you have domains registered with Registerfly.com, there's a reason to be concerned right now. RegisterFly, an ICANN-approved provider of internet hosting and domain name registration services, is currently in chaos.

In early February this year, RegisterFly (RF) Vice President John Naruszewicz filed a lawsuit against CEO Kevin Medina over allegations of fraud and embezzlement. CEO Medina allegedly used corporate funds to buy a $6,000 Chihuahua, $9,000 in escorts, $6,000 worth of liposuction (how big must he be to spend this much?), and a $10,000-per-month Miami Beach house.

RegisterFly's board of directors eventually fired Medina, and Medina responded by changing the root password, closing the site, and more recently (as of Friday, February 23), hacking and taking over the RF site. Naruszewicz is saying his team is trying its best to get RegisterFly back to normal.

Caught in the middle are around 900,000 customers owning approximately 2 million domain names. In recent weeks, owners panicked when their domains were not automatically renewed as agreed, or when RF simply stopped authorizing domain transfers or domain renewals.

So are you in danger of losing your domains registered with RegisterFly? A lot are fearing it is possible.

ICANN, the body tasked to "ensure the stability of the Internet's system of assigned names and numbers," warned RegisterFly on February 21 it will lose accreditation if it fails to remedy serious operational problems in the next 15 days.

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What's next in this cyber saga? Stay tuned. You can follow the drama in RegisterFlies.com, a customer gripe site for the domain registrar RegisterFly.

Discuss this issue in The RegisterFly.com saga thread in the PMT Forum.

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  • http://jepoyeng.blogspot.com jepoy

    i have 5 domains there. :-|

  • http://www.pinoymoneytalk.com pinoymoneytalk

    Hi jepoy, I think it’s better to move them out of RF asap. If the registrar of your domains remains to be ENOM, transfer won’t be a problem, but if it’s RegisterFly, the transfer process might take a long time but it is still possible.

  • http://jepoyeng.blogspot.com jepoy

    I’ve checked all of them.. Registrar listed is ENOM, INC. How much is the yearly price at ENOM? Will I pay ENOM something if I transfer the control of my domain to theirs? Hassle talaga yang RF CEO.

  • http://www.pinoymoneytalk.com pinoymoneytalk

    Good thing your domains are still with eNom. It won’t be much of a problem transferring your domains to a new registrar.

    Yes, you need to pay eNom for the transfer but as far as I know, Elida of eNom is offering discounts for domains being transferred from RF, especially if you have at least 5 domains. Just contact Elida via email or phone using the contact info in the “How to transfer your domains out of RegisterFly” article.

  • http://jepoyeng.blogspot.com jepoy

    thanks. I’ll do that :D