Not only is Newt Gingrich slipping in recent polls in his efforts to become the presidential nominee for the Republic Party, but he now has a domain name problem.  As reported yesterday, the domain name <> has been registered by a pro-Democratic political action committee, American Bridge PAC.  American Bridge bought the domain and programmed it to redirect to various Web sites.  So, if you type <> into a web browser, you may be automatically redirected to Freddie Mac’s website, or to Tiffany’s (where Gingrich had a $500,000 line of credit) or even to a climate change ad featuring Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi.  Not good news for Gingrich, whose own website for his presidential bid is found at the more obscure domain name <>.  On its website, American Bridge makes a tongue-in-cheek offer to sell the domain name <> “to someone with greater need than us” for anywhere between $1 million to $10,000 (saying that it cannot give the domain name away for fear of being branded as “socialists”).

Our question is:  Why was <> available for registration in the first place?  Continue Reading A Lesson in Defensive Domain Name Registration and Maintenance