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06|25|2014 03:11 pm EDT

Is Key Systems running the new Google Registrar?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

While the domain and tech industry is abuzz talking about how Google is launching their new own retail registrar in a private beta that is mostly being tested with the help of employees, DNN embarked on the journey to uncover what Google’s technical solution looks liked; and in turn discovered that it appears that the new registrar is built on Key Systems’s RRPProxy – a hosted registrar/reseller solution.

DNN didn’t have to look far – the answer to the mystery is right in the whois – as part of the referral URL as to which whois server is to be queried. We did manage to find a Google related domain that is registered through Google’s registrar – exit.com:

Domain Name: EXIT.COM
Registrar: GOOGLE INC.
Whois Server: whois.rrpproxy.net
Referral URL: http://www.google.com
Name Server: NS17.ZONEEDIT.COM
Name Server: NS2.ZONEEDIT.COM
Name Server: TINKER.EXIT.COM
Name Server: UNGOVERNED.EXIT.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 10-feb-2014
Creation Date: 03-nov-1994
Expiration Date: 02-nov-2022

In the whois results, one line especially jumped out to us:

   Whois Server: whois.rrpproxy.net

RRP Proxy, is the reseller system of the German company Key Systems, which is also available to be used by other ICANN accredited registrars.

DNN has reached out to Key Systems and Google for comment, but have not yet heard back.

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