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05|13|2008 03:28 pm EDT

.Asia and Come Under Fire

by Adam Strong in Categories: Alternate Extensions

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Domain Name News received a “press release” today from Thomas Rucker of Madunia GmbH. In the emailed article, he refers to the sunrise auctions of .asia domains as “shady” and “dubious”. Rucker’s claims that the CEO of, Richard Schreier, is benefiting from the company’s relationship as auctioneer of the .asia domains.

[Update]: DNN has received a response via our comments from’s CEO, Richard Schreier, which we have now quoted below. was contracted by the .asia registry to auction all domain names that received multiple applicants during the .asia landrush period.

Rucker points out that the CEO of the company that auctions these domains likely would have inside information on the top bids placed on these names. Rucker has discovered that Schreier is also the owner of several other companies in Europe which have acquired some of the premium keyword .asia domains including , and Rucker has documented his opinions and findings on this matter at the site View the emailed “release” after the jump. (more…)