Trump’s Connections to Russia – They Are Just a Ping Away
"Why is the Trump Organization continuing to allow hidden subdomains to run to servers hosted in Russia?"
Fascinating. This has nothing to do with politics. It's about the Trump organization, and involves a bunch of subdomains established back in 2013, before Trump was running. But it does create an engaging puzzle.
First, some simple definitions may be useful. A domain is something like www.trump.com, which can (usually) be abbreviated trump.com when typed into a browser. A SUB-domain is something like jobs.trump.com or m.trump.com (a typical variant for mobile browsers) or hotels.trump.com. A sub-domain can be on a different server from its parent domain. I use many sub-domains myself, since they require no additional expense. If you own trump.com, you have to pay more to own trump.net, but you don't have to pay more to own donald.trump.com.
1. Why do these subdomains exist? There are hundreds of them, and we're not talking about sensible things like reservations.trumphotels.com, but pure gibberish: (a) each subdomain is named with a seemingly random string of letters, presumably to prevent ordinary users from stumbling on them by mistake; (b) unlike typical legit subdomains, none of them host any web content.
2. Given that they exist, why are they hosted in St. Petersburg, Russia?
Frankly, I have no guesses in response to those questions.
It is mystifyin'!