Angry Robot

domain theft

Sleazy net vultures have been picking up still in-use domain names via all manner of dirty tricks. More info here, here and here. Now, it’s happened to Nicholas Taylor of succaland. Note that it’s not just the “soulless viagra merchants” (in zeldman’s words) who are to blame, it’s also the registrars who allow people’s domain names to be slipped out from under them. In the case of succaland, the apparently guilty parties are Ultimate Search (the thief) and (the facilitator), aka shitbag #1 and shitbag #2. Proprietors of websites, we need to spread word about this. It Could Happen To You.

Update, friday: a related bomb is being dropped. Verisign. Verisign. Verisign.

4 comments on "domain theft"

  1. frankie says:

    hi…i’ve been following the mefi thread and wondering how i could help. i think your post just answered the question. shitbags indeed. i hope you don’t mind if i follow your lead.

  2. D says:

    Not at all, Frankie, although it may not be the best approach – I gave it a little thought and posted back in the MeTa thread about a better technique..

  3. frankie says:

    …caught that. 🙂 I’ll wait and see what the group decides to do.

  4. D says:

    Okay then… as a bit of an update: seems that the succaland thing wasn’t technically a domain theft, as the domain had lapsed. The textism googlebomb had mild success, whereas the halfassed d/blog googlebomb backfired spectacularily, rendering this page the #1 Google result for “shitbag.”

    All’s well that ends, er, strangely. *shrugs*

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