It looks like the Russian government has taken drastic action to eliminate a big name in liberated email services. Tormail.net has had its domain name pulled by its Russian registrar, and they say the chances are slim of getting the domain name back.
Take heart; they aren’t gone, but everyone with a tormail.net email address has just been moved to tormail.org via a different registrar. You can get official word from Tormail’s hidden service, which is untouched by Russia’s attack.
20 April 2012 – TorMail.net Domain Problems – tormail.net is now tormail.org
Early this morning, April 20, our domain registrar nic.ru suspended the domain tormail.net.
The reason they gave is because they require us to submit ID documents to them, apostilized and certified by the Russian Embassy.
We are unable to do this to protect our own identity, and also this request is very unusual and suspicious.
They have further refused to unlock the domain and allow us to transfer it to a different registrar.
We have filed a complaint with ICANN as per the domain transfer rules, they are not allowed to do this.
As it is the weekend, we probably wont get a response until next week, and even to transfer a domain normally takes about a week to be completed.
For this reason, at the earliest we can hope for is to have the domain back within two weeks.
It is possible the domain is gone for good and it may not be possible to get it back.
Up until two months ago, the domain was registered with a USA company, Moniker domains.
They were great and we had no problems with them, but with the recent domain seizures we decided to move the domain offshore.
It appears this was a big mistake, the Russian providers are much worse!
The chances of getting the domain back does not look good, and even if we get it back it will take a long time.
For that reason we have registered a new domain name tormail.org and will use that one to continue the service.
If we do get the tormail.net domain back, we will change back to using that one.
Every user who had a @tormail.net address now has the same address @tormail.org
You may continue to use the @tormail.net addresses on the Tor Mail website, but they will not work with external services.
You should quickly change the email addresses at any services you are using.
If we get the tormail.net domain back, both addresses will be able to reach you.
If you are using our webmail service, (squirrelmail or roundcube) no changes are necessary.
If you are using thunderbird or other SMTP software, you will need to change the “From” address to your new tormail.org address or you will be unable to send mail.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but we were taken by surprise by this and had no time to avoid it.