Several emails I received the other day pointed to ABS-CBNNews.com with an expired landing page for Network Solutions. Someone must have forgotten to renew their domain.
A quick WHOIS on the domain revealed some clues:
Domain Name: ABS-CBNNEWS.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: NS.ABS-CBN.COM
Name Server: NS.SKYINET.NET
Name Server: NS2.ABS-CBN.COM
Updated Date: 02-aug-2008
Creation Date: 27-jul-1998
Expiration Date: 26-jul-2009
Indeed, the domain abs-cbnnews.com was up for expiration last July 26, 2008. It is possible nobody noticed this and when the expiration elapsed, it usually takes 5 to 7 days for the Registrar’s landing page to take over (in this case, that of Network Solutions).
According to the records, the domain’s WHOIS was updated in August 2, 2008. This could be the time when the domain renewal was implemented.
What puzzles me is why wouldn’t ABS CBN just extend the renewal of the domain for at least 10 years. That would have just cost them a couple hundred dollars.