As I’ve mentioned a few times in the past, ICANN takes a dim view of registrars who misbehave.
EstDomains cropped up in the news a few times over the last few months, as their head honcho, Vladimir Tsastsin was embroiled in a number of legal issues in Estonia.
ICANN finally sent EstDomains a notice of termination (burnette-to-tsastsin-28oct08-en.pdf )based on Tsastsin being an officer of the company (if he isn’t the termination could still be voided). ICANN have also put out a request for statements of interest from other registrars to pick up the 280000 domains held by EstDomains.
A post over on CircleID questions whether other registrars would have an interest in picking up EstDomains’ portfolio.
Be that as it may, genuine registrants will need to find a new home for their domains regardless of whether EstDomains find a new home for their portfolio or if ICANN does it for them.
You’d want to be fairly brave to pick up that portfolio of domains. How many of them are going to be nice malware sites considering their reputation?