Google has removed over 11 million .co.cc websites from its search engine results pages on the basis that most of them are far too "spammy".
The .co.cc space is not an officially authorised second-level domain like .co.uk or .com.au. Rather, it's offered independently by a Korean company (http://co.cc/) that just happens to own the domain name .co.cc.
Huh, why would a company want to offer a fake registry? It's not like .co.cc is particularly attractive TLD.
The .co.cc "registry" offers single sub-domains for free, and enables customers to bulk-register 15,000 addresses at a time for a mere $1,000, or about seven cents a name.
Oh, I get it. It's so they can sell thousands and thousands of domains to spammers and phishers hoping to avoid the Google Ban Hammer (or to avoid Cloudmark or any other spam services).
Good for Google. It's pretty ballsy to dump 12 million websites/domains from your results. Now, just start dumping any site that puts up more than one AdSense block on a page, and we'll be in business.
(Via The Register.)