Warning: jokeyrhy.me domain is not mine
Domain lapsed and currently owned by an unaffiliated scraper
Learning some lessons about domains and hosting
Warning / TL;DR:
- I don’t own the
jokeyrhy.medomain, so update your bookmarks or RSS feed reader
This blog on its custom CNAME
I originally started this blog with a custom CNAME on GitHub Pages, but there didn’t seem to be a solution for HTTPS on top of this. In retrospect, CloudFlare, or something like it, probably would have worked well enough, but it didn’t occur to me at the time.
What I was after:
free static hosting
HTTPS with a cheap / free certificate
A little while later, I transferred the domain over to AWS Route53. This was primarily for convenience, as I had other AWS services at the time, and I otherwise had no problems with name.com.
About face, HTTPS is too important
With Google, Mozilla, and the EFF all strongly encouraging the use of HTTPS, I eventually looked back at my 3 original requirements. Of these three, I then decided to drop the custom CNAME requirement. This is how I ended up with my blog hosted at https://jokeyrhyme.github.io/.
I did originally have a domain registered for the custom CNAME, and I (foolishly?) decided to let it lapse, given that I wasn’t using it anymore. From what I can tell, someone else registered it roughly 3 or 4 months after it lapsed. They currently have it pointing at a stale copy of my blog.
Some of the more useful information from a
whois jokeyrhy.me is below:
Domain Name: JOKEYRHY.ME Domain ID: D108500000017342012-AGRS WHOIS Server: Referral URL: www.namecheap.com Updated Date: 2016-02-05T14:18:07Z Creation Date: 2015-11-05T23:04:40Z Registry Expiry Date: 2016-11-05T23:04:40Z Sponsoring Registrar: NameCheap, Inc. Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 1068 Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited Registrant ID: 1LNUBGQ0CMA1AX1C Registrant Name: WhoisGuard Protected Registrant Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc. ... Registrant Email: email@example.com Admin ID: G2YHAUVDORRMKY3I Admin Name: WhoisGuard Protected Admin Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc. ... Admin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tech ID: CD3A5N3UGLLZV0O2 Tech Name: WhoisGuard Protected Tech Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc. ... Tech Email: email@example.com Name Server: KATE.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM Name Server: SEAN.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM DNSSEC: unsigned
Trying to be clever
When I first discovered this,
was not a domain that I owned.
It was then that I realised they were hosting a static copy of my blog,
and adding any new script would not be an effective countermeasure.
For now, I’ve just set an alarm for the domain expiry date, so we’ll see if I can get lucky and register it back. Or maybe not. /shrug