Neo-Nazi Website Finds a Home in Iceland
Posted in: Domain Names at 20/09/2017 18:09
The alt-right neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, has finally found a home, for the time being at least. The website has reappeared with a .is domain name, Iceland’s ccTLD. The Daily Stormer has been booted by quite a few domain name companies, from registries to registrars and even Cloudflare.
The site most recently had registered a .at (Austria) domain name but was quickly booted following protests from Austrian politicians just over a week ago.
The problems for The Daily Stormer started following the horrendous events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an article was published attacking Heather Heyer, the anti-racism activist that was killed Saturday while demonstrating against the “alt-right” white nationalist movement.
The alt-right white nationalist group was first booted by registrars GoDaddy and then Google who deleted their .com domain names. They then briefly tried a .ru domain, which was also quickly deleted. According to a BBC report, they were also booted from Albania’s ccTLD, .al and setting up on the “dark web”.
“Iceland has some of the world's most stringent free speech protection and privacy laws, a point stressed by one of the latest stories on The Daily Stormer site,” the BBC reported.
“As a furore over paedophile's links to Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson has led to the collapse of Iceland's ruling coalition, The Daily Stormer went on to say that they believe this political instability will enable them to keep the domain active for the foreseeable future.
“Icelandic company OrangeWebsite, which describes itself as a ‘freedom of speech web hosting provider’, is listed as a host of the new site according to registry directory site Whois.com. When contacted by BBC Trending, however, the company said it was simply a proxy and was not directly hosting the site.”