InfoCom Corporation

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This article is about the defunct Web hosting service company. For the defunct computer game publisher, see Infocom.
InfoCom Corporation
Type Defunct
Industry Web hosting service
Founded 1992
Headquarters Dallas, Texas
Richardson, Texas
Key people Ghassan Elashi
Bayan Elashi
Ihsan Elashi
Hazim Elashi
Basman Elashi
Website infocomusa.com

InfoCom Corporation was a Web hosting service company founded by five brothers in 1992.[1] It was initially based in Dallas, Texas,[2] and before its dissolution it was based in Richardson, Texas.[3]

At its peak, it hosted approximately 500 mostly Arab websites.[citation needed] The company hosted the domain .iq for the country of Iraq.[4][5] The company hosted websites for Muslim organizations in the United States, including the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the Islamic Association for Palestine, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Muslim Students Association. The company also hosted websites for entities abroad, including the Qatari television station Al Jazeera, the Qatari newspaper al-Sharq, and Berzeit (Palestinian University of the West Bank).[4]

InfoCom Corporation achieved notoriety for its connections with terrorist organizations Al Qaeda and Hamas and with the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.[citation needed] The former owners have been convicted of a multitude of charges involving funneling money to and doing business with terrorist organizations. Ghassan Elashi, in particular, was the chairman of the Holy Land Foundation.

The company was convicted of doing business with terrorist groups. The corporation, already defunct, was sentenced to two years probation.[6] Ihsan Elashi and the company itself remain on the U.S. Department of Commerce's Denied Persons List, with an expiration date of June 29, 2056; the list gives Ihsan Elashi's current address as FCI Seagoville.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER re UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. BAYAN ELASHI, (1) GHASSAN ELASHI, (2) BASMAN ELASHI, (3)INFOCOM CORPORATION, (8)" Retrieved on June 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "Welcome to InfoCom Corp." InfoCom Corporation. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Contact InfoCom Corporation." InfoCom Corporation. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "US pulls the plug on Muslim websites." The Guardian. September 10, 2001. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  5. ^ ".iq Iraq." Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. August 15, 2000. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  6. ^ "INFOCOM CORPORATION AND ITS OPERATORS SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT." United States Department of Justice. October 13, 2006. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  7. ^ United States Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (November 17, 2010). "The Current List of Active Denied Persons". Retrieved 2010-12-12. 

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