ALTERNIC


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ALTERNICAlternative Network Information Center
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When a computer system is itself the subject or object of a crime, the offense is subject to media-specific laws.(246) For example, a crime such as hacking into a credit card computer system and using the information to obtain fraudulent credit cards is punishable, not by media neutral laws, but by specific federal statutes that cover computer crimes.(247) The same laws thwarted a scheme by a hacker named Eugene Kashpureff to divert Internet traffic that was intended for InterNIC-registered Web sites (domain names ending in ".com," ".net," ".org," etc.) to his own "AlterNIC" domains (".sex" and ".web").(248)
Some members of the Internet community have also been concerned about AlterNIC'S effort to create new top-level domains without IANA's approval as well as an alternate set of root-level domain name servers including the new TLDs.