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 namesecure.com (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.