Hawaii County Website… Users Beware!

I don’t know why the County of Hawaii is using Network Solutions to host it’s government website “County of Hawaii“.

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

   Domain Name: HAWAII-COUNTY.COM
   Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
   Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
   Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
   Name Server: NS.HAWAIIHISPEED.NET
   Name Server: NS.PACIFICPROTECH.COM
   Name Server: NS1.HAWAIIHISPEED.NET
   Name Server: NS1.PACIFICPROTECH.COM
   Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Updated Date: 12-jun-2008
   Creation Date: 27-jul-1998
   Expiration Date: 26-jul-2013

Network Solutions was originally set up to give government and military places free IP addresses and URL’s but in more recent years it has become a private company.

They pretty much hijacked the domain name before anyone on this Island even knew what a domain name was and I guess the county has just run with it ever since then.

Now you can use your credit card to make purchases through the site… but user beware:

In August 2009, Network Solutions notified customers that its “secure” servers were breached, and led to the exposure of names, address, and credit card numbers of 573,928 people who made purchases on Web sites hosted by the company. Susan Wade, a spokesperson for Network Solutions, said, “We really feel terrible about this.” At the time of this writing, NSI does not know how their servers were compromised.

You can learn more about the controversies that Network Solutions has had in the past here.

I still don’t understand why Hawaii County doesn’t have a .gov domain like most other government offices?  I do see that http://hawaiicounty.gov is available.  :roll:

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