Reports that Google has quietly delisted the co.cc sub-domain from its main search engine have been applauded by Lieberman Software, but says Philip Lieberman, the privileged identity management specialist's President, there are many other `iffy’ sub-domains that could also do with the Google chop.
"Co.cc is one of the relatively new generation of sub-domains assigned to a company, which has offered free domain registrations for several years. Predictably, this has resulted in large volumes of spammers and other low grade registrants flocking to its doors," he said.
"But co.cc is only one of several `spammy' domain name groups that are causing problems for Internet users. The big question is whether Google - now that it has the accolade of being both a company name and a verb has the chutzpah to ban other sub-domains that generate vast volumes of electronic garbage on the Internet," he added.
Lieberman, who is a veteran of the Internet world all the way back to the 1980s - when Internet surfing was text-based and Google was not a verb - or a company, for that matter - went on to say that the open nature of the Internet naming convention means that there are main other dark little corners of the Web where less than savoury activities go on.
The big question is whether Google, given its dominant position in the search engine stakes, has the foresight to set the pace and start removing scummy Internet sub-domains from its search engine system, at least until the sub-domain operators can offer some sort of security to their Web surfers”, he explained.
The Lieberman president says, corporate behemoths the size of Google need to assume the mantle of trend setters in the online world, simply because of their sheer dominance of the marketplace.
"Other behemoths such as IBM and Microsoft have their positive sides, so it's good to see Google abiding by its corporate philosophy of `don't be evil' and removing co.cc from its search engine," he said.
"Just because a company has acquired the rights to the a given dub-domain does not give it a right to be on the mainstream search engines. The delisting of co.cc is a step in the right direction by Google and we applaud that move," he added.
"The next step will be for Google to take action on the many other sub-domains that should not be listed in its search directory."