Deserted portal of Indian Embassy in Bahrain becomes porn site

Last Updated: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 17:48

Dubai: A web portal which once belonged
to the Indian Embassy in Bahrain has now turned into a porn
site with a local telecom services provider blaming the
mission for the lapse.

The Teen Porn website, located at
www.indianembassy-bah.com, was used by the Indian Embassy
before they moved to www.indianembassybahrain.com last year.
"The embassy should not have let the name go and
should have secured it, even if they had to change the
administrator," said an official of Batelco, the local telecom
services provider.

The official told the Gulf Daily News that Batelco was
powerless to help, since it was only responsible for
registering domain names ending in .bh.

A spokesperson of the Indian Embassy said they simply
stopped using the old website when it changed administrators
and was shocked to discover the old address was now being used
to peddle porn.

"We stopped using this address in July last year after
we were not satisfied with the service we were provided by the
administrators. Ever since we changed to the new address,
www.indianembassybahrain.com," the spokesperson said.

"But since we have had scores of calls from people
complaining about the old address being used for pornography."
He said the Embassy had tried contacting those behind
the Teen Porn site, but had received no response.

"When they contacted Incarnate (ME), the company that
used to administer their website, they were told the person
responsible for looking after their old site had moved to
India. However, we (the Embassy) and the company are unable to
get in touch with him," the spokesman told the paper.

"Under the circumstances, there is nothing we can do
but keep telling people about the new address," he said.

However, they never realised that it would resurface
as a site selling pornography. Since it is an unregistered
free domain, it is unclear who owns it, the paper said.

The official from Batelco also advised institutions to
register their internet domain names to protect their rights
and privacy, as well as to prevent misuse.

For the moment though, anyone searching Google for
"Indian Embassy Bahrain" will find the Teen Porn website
listed first, above the official Indian Embassy site.

PTI



First Published: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 17:48

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