Hello. I suppose that all customers have received the same email from Dreamhost, so I’ll quote only the relevant part of it:
[quote]Please take a moment before October 14th to verify the accuracy of each of your domain’s contact information by selecting “Modify Whois!” at the Domains:Registrations section of the DreamHost Panel. We recommend that the correct domain owner be listed as the owner of the domain and not, for example, the webmaster or the person who created the account.
If you do not take action by October 14th, we will make the following changes to our INTERNAL Domain Registration and WHOIS records for domains that have private registrant information listed instead of legitimate information:
We will default our internal Domain Registration/WHOIS records to your current account owner email, address and phone number on file with DreamHost Web ID Central.
If a domain is set to Public, but is using any private registration information, we will enable Privacy service automatically. This will ensure that any messages intended for the domain owner will be forwarded properly while preserving your privacy.[/quote]
Well, when I do this, I find that for all of my domains that Dreamhost has an internal whois record for, the name/telephone/email/street-address are all correct, but the country is in all cases shown as Afghanistan.
I’m pretty sure that I have never entered ‘Afghanistan’ into the system as my country. Well maybe I could have done it once by mistake, but the chances that I entered ‘Afghanistan’ for every domain are negligible.
Which makes me wonder if Dreamhost has suffered a data loss incident and needs us to re-enter our data, but is trying to pretend it is just a call for routine maintenance. Which would be below the high ethical standards that one normally expects of Dreamhost.