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BREAKING: First Ever Criminal Prosecution for Domain Name Theft Underway

by Adam Strong in Categories: Featured

barsOver the years hundreds of stories of domain name theft have been reported, most famous among them of course is the theft of Sex.com.  Even as recent as last week, reports of stolen domains sent a chilling reminder through the domain industry as valuable domains Before.com, Adios.com and others were stolen from Warren Weitzman. Until recently, there hasn’t been a case of a domain theft where the thief was caught and arrested. However, on July 30th, Daniel Goncalves was arrested at his home in Union, New Jersey and charged in a landmark case, the first criminal arrest for domain name theft in the United States.

In a similar fashion to the Sex.com theft, the events that led to Goncalves arrest involve a long back story, one that spans well over 2 years, and many players.  Although insiders familiar with this case contend that Goncalves has stolen other valuable domains, this case centers on the theft and subsequent sale of the domain name P2P.com.

The Victims
In 2005, internet entrepreneur and domain name investor Marc Ostrofsky and attorney Albert Angel along with his wife Lesli Angel partnered to purchase the domain name P2P.com for $160,000 from a Wisconsin company, Port to Print Inc. The domain industry was heating up in 2005, as was the emerging peer to peer music business and the co-owners of the domain name saw a great deal of potential with this investment and future development of the domain.

Ostrofsky is a well known investor in the domain space. His name was etched in domain name history with his 1999 sale of Business.com for $7.5 million and the multi-million dollar domain holding company,IREIT, that he helped form with investment backing from Howard Schulz and Ross Perot. Albert Angel is an attorney and former Justice Department prosecutor with a background in internet payment processing. Angel and Ostrofsky have known each other for over 25 years and have done business together in other ventures.

The Angels had already invested in a small portfolio of domain names including profreedom.com and drugoverdose.com (2 more domains reportedly stolen by Goncalves). As a nurse who dealt with teen drug abuse issues, Lesli Angel became interested in buying and building sites on domains in the late 90’s. Domains such as drugoverdose.com gave her a means to reach out to some of the same audience that she was already helping as a nurse.  As the domain space heated up, Angel continued buying domains and built up a portfolio of around 800 domain names.

The Accused
Daniel Goncalves, the 25 year old law firm computer technician arrested on Thursday, reportedly hacked in to the Angel’s AOL email account, used that information to retrieve the login details for the P2P.com from the Godaddy.com domain account. Goncalves performed an internal “domain push” transfer,which in effect transfered the domain name to another Godaddy account that he owned. Goncalves reportedly also falsified Paypal.com transaction records in an attempt to cover his trail and provide evidence that made it appear that he purchased the domain name for $1,500 from the Angels. The domain was listed in the name of Daniel Louvado during this time period (a bogus name consisting of Goncalves first name and his fiances last name).

In late 2006, Goncalves put the domain name P2P.com up for sale on eBay.com and on September 24, 2006 the eBay.com auction for the domain P2P.com closed in the amount of $111,000.  The Angels pointed out to DNN that from their investigations Goncalves already owned his own home with a new inground pool being installed (in New Jersey?), drove a Lotus and Mercedes and was frequently bragging about his travels.

The Baller
Caught in the middle of this and claiming to be a “good faith” purchaser is Mark Madsen, NBA basketball player with the LA Clippers. Madsen is reportedly also a domain name investor and was the buyer of the P2P.com domain name on eBay.com.  Domaintools.com Whois history shows that Madsen took ownership of the domain name on February 28, 2007. Current whois records for the domain show that the domain name is protected with whois privacy protection, but according to insiders familiar with the case the current owner is still Madsen.  Madsen has been investing in domain names for years and has been linked to the user name thecollins2 in some domain name forums and the company Woodside Technology Group.

The Gatekeepers?
Godaddy.com is the world’s largest domain name registrar. With over 30 million domains being managed, it’s safe to assume the registrar has been faced with a few cases of domain name theft.  The domain name P2P.com was registered with Godaddy.com and all evidence from whois history records points to the domain name being moved internally to a new account within Godaddy.  The domain name now uses Godaddy’s whois privacy services to hide the ownership. According to the Angels, Godaddy stone-walled any efforts to investigate the theft and in a final passing of the buck, the Angels say that Godaddy told them that they should have been better defended against hackers and must bear the risk. It’s clear that the domain name was pushed between 2 accounts.  The Angels contend that subpoenaed Godaddy.com records reveal that the registrar knew that Goncalves was implicated in two other domain thefts at least one month prior to the P2P.com theft.

In many cases, intricate registrar contracts, safe-harbor laws and statutory exemptions protect domain name registrars from being held liable in domain theft cases. Cases like Kremen v. Cohen (Sex.com stolen) and  Solid Host v. Namecheap however have carved new paths in applying the law to cases involving registrars and domain name theft. The P2P.com civil and criminal cases will use these decisions and likely even lay new ground for future decisions.

The Professionals
Joshua Pelissero, a self-described legend in tracking domain thieves, was enlisted by the Angels to help unwind the events that happened after the domain theft and to find additional evidence of Goncalves online activities. Domain investor Richard Lau and expert witness from the Sex.com case,  Ellen Rony was also tapped to help uncover more information about the case. The Angels and more specifically Lesli Angel have been tracking Daniel Goncalves and building up evidence for over 2 years. With the help of Pelissero, Lau, and Rony the pieces of the puzzle began to fall together and the evidence began to become more clear. Angel told us “this business is not for the faint of heart. You have to know what you’re doing and be educated.” With these pros backing up their efforts, the Angels made a great deal of progress.

The Case
In the Spring of 2007, the Angels took their case to prosecutors in both New Jersey and Florida. The investigation proceeded in Florida since the Angels are Florida residence, meanwhile the New Jersey police, where the accused resides, put their case on hold.  Three months after taking the case, Florida prosecutors dropped it for “lack of evidence”.  The only recourse left for the Angels was to pursuit Goncalves through a civil action. They used the Freedom of Information Act to gather up the evidence from the Florida prosecutors investigations and continued in their vigilance, building up an even stronger civil case.

The civil suit against Daniel Goncalves and Mark Madsen was filed in November 2007 to retrieve the P2P.com domain name. After further discovery, the filing was amended in June of 2009 to include new defendents, Goncalves brother and wife (on RICO conspiracy grounds) and Godaddy.com (for negligence and contributory trademark infringement under Anti-Cyber Piracy statute). The civil suit is still ongoing but but as of Thursday Goncalves is also now facing criminal charges.

Months after the Florida prosecutors dropped the original investigation, Detective Sergeant John Gorman of the New Jersey State Police Cyber-Crimes Unit reviewed and reignited the P2P.com case, asking the couple if they would like to pursuit it further.  The Angels traveled to New Jersey and presented the mountains of evidence and findings that they had been accumulating over the last 2 years.  In May of 2009 the NJ District Attorney approved the indictment and on July 30th Goncalves was arrested at his home and his computers seized.

According to the P2P.com theft victims, this marks the first time in the US that a domain name theft has resulted in an arrest.  Detective Sergeant, John Gorman of the New Jersey Cyber-Crimes Unit is responsible for reviving this case. Without his push to move this case forward it’s likely another domain theft would have just been left to be handled through a civil case. Albert Angel told DNN “these hackers basically thumb their nose at the legal system.”  With the criminal prosecution moving forward, these cyber-criminals, who often taunt their victims with a brazen “what are you going to do about it” attitude, now may actually face the long-arm of the law.

So why are these thieves escaping justice and why aren’t we hearing more about these cases?
Simply put, Complications

Cases of domain name theft have not typically involved a criminal prosecution because of the complexities, financial restraints and sheer time and energy involved. If a domain name is stolen, the victim of the crime in most cases would need experience with the technical and legal intricies associated with the domain name system.  To move the case forward, they would also need a law enforcement professional who understands the case or is willing to take the time to learn. For example, the Angels told us that in their case they called their local law enforcement in Florida who sent a uniformed officer in a squad car to their home. The first thing you can imagine the officer asked was, “What’s a domain?”.

Additionally financial restraints play a major role. Often times the rightful owners of these domains simply can’t justify the thousands of dollars in legal fees necessary to handle a case like this. Domains that don’t have the sort of value that a domain like P2P.com has in the aftermarket may still contain a value that only the original owner can appreciate. Good luck convincing a law enforcement professional that your domain name is valuable under those circumstances. It’s likely that many small business owners faced with this situation would simply give up. Lesli Angel told DNN “we’re fortunate enough to be in a position where we can go after the criminals . . .what if you weren’t in our position though?”  Pelissero stated that most of the domains he has helped recover were owned by people who didn’t have the means, desire or knowledge to track down the thieves and get their domain name back.  “I had a domain stolen from me before, so I know what it’s like to have that happen. It’s horrible and I was only out $10,000″ said Pelissero. “This could happen to anyone and there really is no recourse especially for someone without financial means,” stated Angel.

Complicating the matter further is that domain names are globally traded assets and jurisdiction muddies the waters further. In this particular case, the domain name was stolen from a registrar headquartered in Arizona, the domain was owned by a Florida resident and the accused is a resident of New Jersey. Add to it that the domain registry is located in Virginia.   Frankly, the owners were lucky that this all took place on US soil. Imagine how much more complicated a case like this could become if involved international parties.

Attorney Paul Keating told DNN that most cases of domain theft recovery that he has dealt with have been complicated at best.  The real problem stems from the fact that domain names aren’t considered property. “The laws do not specifically identify domains as property. That has been the subject of various court decisions. Not all courts have issued consistent decisions. For example, bankruptcy courts have no difficulty treating domains as property. The IRS treats domains as a form of intellectual property and allows amortization along the lines of a trademark though over a shorter period,” Keating said.  Further complications come in to play when we look at the rulings in different states. “California is believed to treat them as property after the Sex.com case but that was a federal decision interpreting California law. The Eastern District of Virginia (where the Verisign registry is headquartered) clearly holds domains to be the subject of a license and thus not property. I have been involved in various state-level cases seeking recovery of stolen names or trying to specifically enforce a domain purchase agreement in California and the courts have always honored the claim.”

Albert Angel summed it up well “If your car is stolen and you demand its return from a subsequent purchaser for value, you recover your car in 50 states, on well-settled common law principles. Try to recover a stolen domain name, and you have a decent chance perhaps in one state (CA) but you have bought yourself an expensive, and legally uncertain lawsuit in most other states. Short of such laws being created on a Federal basis or by each State, any business owner could lose their domain name and website and never legally be able to retrieve it.  Federal laws are needed to protect every company and individual domain name owner.”

These complications and hurdles however seemed to be no match for the vigilant Albert and Lesli Angel. In fact when talking to the victims, one realizes that the hacker who stole the P2P.com domain from this group couldn’t have picked a worse target. I’m sure if Goncalves knew he was going to be facing the challenge of a team consisting of Ostrofsky, a well-known and connected player in the domain space, Albert Angel, an experienced attorney and Lesli Angel, a vigilant former nurse who told us she “just can’t stand to see anyone suffering”, he may have reconsidered some of his actions.

When asked what drove their continued vigilance in pursuing this case for over 2 years Lesli Angel told DNN “Besides wanting our domain back, we want to carve a path for others. Let’s face it the legal system has not caught up with the growth of the internet. We hope the outcome of this case paves the way and makes it easier for victims of this type of crime. These guys are thieves! Why are they not being arrested? Why are they continuing to get away with this?”

Goncalves is now out of jail after posting $60,000 bond.  He will be facing at least 2 court cases soon and this time it’s not just a civil suit.  The NJ prosecutors intend to push forward with the criminal case and press for a felony conviction.  DNN will be following the case closely and provide updates as we receive them.

So, what do you think about this case ?

  • Should a domain name registrar be held responsible for domains stolen from accounts ?
  • Do we need new laws that protect domains and classify them as a form of property with certain protections ?
  • Do we need reform in the current domain name registry contracts and ICANN policy which would also classify domains as property rather than a contract ?
  • Who will be the overseer and enforcer of these new rules ?
  • Lastly, What would you do if your most valuable domain name was stolen ?

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129 Comments

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CS

August 3, 2009 @ 12:11 pm EDT

I wonder why an NBA player would want to be a domain name investor, buying a ferrari or mansion seems more interesting.

Adam Strong

August 3, 2009 @ 12:20 pm EDT

Unless you’re renting them out a Ferrari and a mansion can’t make you money every day ;)

Michele

August 3, 2009 @ 12:26 pm EDT

Adam

Interesting article.

It’s also interesting to note that ICANN’s SSAC has been looking at the area od domain theft, while Verisign recently introduced some optional measures that registrars may wish to avail of in order to protect higher value domains

Michele

David J Castello

August 3, 2009 @ 12:49 pm EDT

Great article and I hope this gets a lot of coverage. On the upside, it will help to educate the general public that domain names are serious assets to be treated no differently than real estate, cars, etc.

chandan

August 3, 2009 @ 1:09 pm EDT

registrar also need to be punished

Pred

August 3, 2009 @ 1:16 pm EDT

excellent article. very pleased to see this get to court. nice work jp btw. we need the law, courts and public to wake up to domains

Ron

August 3, 2009 @ 1:27 pm EDT

@CS
Gold, Silver, Copper, Oil, Real Estate and Domains are the only safe haven for the collapse of this economic structure. Keeping money, especially American bills is not a smart investment in this day and age.

I hope they throw the books at this theif. After all he even went through the steps of re selling it.

What is Joshua Pelissero’s website? As a self-described legend in tracking domain thieves, I’m sure this would be a very valuable service.

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Lou Wilson

August 3, 2009 @ 2:53 pm EDT

If you buy a car from somebody, you have a chain of ownership documents sanctioned by the state(s) to protect you (presumably) from buying a stolen one. Where is the protection in the case of virtual property like domain names?

Peter

August 3, 2009 @ 3:09 pm EDT

It’s not like your really going to get away with it since a domain has to have a valid owner and if you have stollen it, it will inevitably point to you. So I think it’s pretty stupid. I found Mr Goncalves, danielg84, on twitter. I am keen to write to ask him exactly how he expected to pull this off. What a tool.

Greg

August 3, 2009 @ 3:13 pm EDT

I can understand people being angry at GoDaddy, but I don’t think in this case the registrar should be punished. Remember, Goncalves stole the account login information by hacking into the rightful owners’ AOL account.

Most services, once you have valid credentials accept it on good faith (and rightfully so, in my opinion) that you’re who you are logging in as. It would set a dangerous (in my mind, anyway) precedent to have the registrar be in charge of enforcing against such claims. It would cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars every year in compliance and security and expose them to more legal requirements than is worth it for them.

Jamie Zoch

August 3, 2009 @ 3:18 pm EDT

One thing I see in common with domains being stolen is the owner in some way used a free email account like @AOL, @yahoo etc. This is a clear issue and domain owners should take serious note of this!

Great job on the article DNN.com!

Otto

August 3, 2009 @ 3:19 pm EDT

What we really need is a way to transfer domains that prevents fraud. The current system relies on far too easily hacked methods of identity verification. If I want to transfer a domain, then I should only be able to do so after verifying my identity in some secure manner. Simply getting my email password should not be enough to get the transfer done.

Quite frankly, all registrars should be required to act as escrow agents for safe domain transfers, to prevent all fraud in this area. Both parties would need accounts and need to verify the transfer, and any money exchange would happen through the registrar as well (or some certified third party), ensuring no take-backs, sort of thing.

Charles Carreon

August 3, 2009 @ 3:26 pm EDT

I’m delighted to hear of this development. I think the domain business is held back by the ease of stealing, and the difficulty of recovering domains. It is high time Congress passed a Domain Name Recovery Act that gives a federal civil cause of action to the victims of domain theft.

salamander

August 3, 2009 @ 3:41 pm EDT

Towards the end of the sole paragraph in “The Professionals”, you have the following sentence:

> Angel told us “this business is not for the faint of heart. You have to know what your doing and be educated.”

Note it should be “you’re”.

Also, on the author’s reference to “the Angel’s”:

When a family name (a proper noun) is pluralized, we almost always simply add an “s.” So we go to visit the Smiths, the Kennedys, the Grays, etc.When a family name ends in s, x, ch, sh, or z, however, we form the plural by added -es, as in the Marches, the Joneses, the Maddoxes, the Bushes, the Rodriguezes. Do not form a family name plural by using an apostrophe; that device is reserved for creating possessive forms.

EZMoDee

August 3, 2009 @ 4:21 pm EDT

I don’t see how you can expect Go Daddy to be held responsible. All their system sees is someone logging in and transferring the domain to another account. For all they know the two people met for lunch and exchanged a briefcase full of money while sipping martinis. It IS the original owners fault for not protecting their credentials well enough. Yeah it’s a crime, but it’s no fault of Go Daddy’s.

JoshP

August 3, 2009 @ 4:23 pm EDT

First let me say I am pleasently surprised at how this is all turning out. With being involved in a first to situation it was almost not expected to get this far. Seeing domain theives finally start to get treated like the criminals they are is a long time coming. Much credit is do to Leslie, Marc and Albert. Also like to thank Adam for a very nice story.

” What is Joshua Pelissero’s website? As a self-described legend in tracking domain thieves, I’m sure this would be a very valuable service.”

Ron, to answer your question I do not have a website that offers any such service. A lot of the names I have helped recover to this point have been personal missions. I discover a name is stolen while domaining, a board member mentions somethig isn’t right or I am contacted out of the blue. If I feel strong enough and can gather sufficient evidence I take up the cause.

EZMoDee

August 3, 2009 @ 4:24 pm EDT

If you expect them to act as escrow agents on all the millions of domain names that are traded and transferred, you can expect the cost of registering to go well beyond the average person’s ability to pay. There’s no way they could oversee everything without raising operating costs to ridiculous levels.

Adam Strong

August 3, 2009 @ 4:28 pm EDT

@greg and @ezMoDee so registrars should bear no responsibility in these cases. There have been other cases where registrars hide the identity of the stolen domain owners and have to be sued to simply release that information to the righful owners. There’s more information surely to come from Godaddy but according to these reports they knew about the theft of other domains and played no supportive role assisting in the resolution.

@salamander thanks for the proofreading and grammar lessons. ;)
It’s no excuse, but we were pressed for time on this story and pushed it out before a thorough edit. Happens.

charlie mchenry

August 3, 2009 @ 4:45 pm EDT

Begs the question: how do we seize virtual assets? For example, computing is moving to the “cloud,” and companies like VMWare are creating vast networks of virtual machines. Cisco now has a virtual switch. So let’s say there evidence out there, somewhere, how do the authorities seize a virtual machine? Yup, way behind the technological times, the legal system is…

tek

August 3, 2009 @ 4:59 pm EDT

Interesting read.

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JulieW8

August 3, 2009 @ 5:15 pm EDT

At the very least, there should be a process to place a domain name in virtual lockdown by the registrar if an owner claims theft or hijacking.

We used to have to fax in proof of identification to change the ownership of a name. It’s easier now – maybe too easy.

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Paul Kapschock

August 3, 2009 @ 5:39 pm EDT

Great reporting.

Also, special thanks to: “Detective Sergeant, John Gorman of the New Jersey Cyber-Crimes Unit is responsible for reviving this case.”

JoshP

August 3, 2009 @ 5:41 pm EDT

” At the very least, there should be a process to place a domain name in virtual lockdown by the registrar if an owner claims theft or hijacking. ”

Actually Julie the very instant you discover your name is stolen I recommend contacting your registrar through your attorney asap. They can place a registRAR LOCK on the name and thus keep it at that registrar. However I was involved in a case just a few months ago ( a LLL .com ) where they agreed to place the LOCK yet still accepted a transfer away! What they say and what they do can be two different things, use a lawyer is my best advice if you can.

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Greg

August 3, 2009 @ 5:51 pm EDT

@Adam Strong

Yeah, I can readily see the arguments for more active registrar involvement in cases where fraud is alleged. I’ve seen all sorts of cases (business partners fighting, divorce settlements, court cases and lots more) where domain ownership has been thrown into question and two different people assert ownership of one domain. I know how time consuming and expensive it gets for the registrars, too which is why they shouldn’t be responsible for sorting it out.

I can also understand people who think that GoDaddy was unsupportive. However domain portability between registrars is a right for domain owners – I don’t think anyone would argue that owners shouldn’t be able to transfer domains. As such, how would one go about ensuring that a domain isn’t being transferred fraudulently beyond the password/username/e-mail verification method that’s currently in use?

There are registrars that will allow for domains to be put into a more active registrar lock for some of their domain owners. Since those practices are probably outside of the normal Verisign/Registry end user regulations you’d probably have to sign an additional contract with the registrar.

I’d suggest domain owners afraid of losing their domains contact registrars and ask if they’ll do that for them.

@JulieWB

You really should still have to fax in proof of ID if you don’t have the domain’s username/password or admin e-mail address (with the e-mail address such changes should be easy). What is it that you’ve encountered?

jp

August 3, 2009 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Registrars should be responsible to do their due dilligence in protecting our assets. What exactly is due dilligence? Thats for the courts to decide over time.

Should domains be classified as property. I hate to say it but, probably, although I think it will make some of our taxes worse.

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August 3, 2009 @ 7:33 pm EDT

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Scott Roberts

August 3, 2009 @ 8:54 pm EDT

Domains as property? My gut is the benefits would outweigh the drawbacks. Legal precedents and so on…

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angelbait

August 3, 2009 @ 9:16 pm EDT

GoDaddy does have a service that locks a domain within a single customer account and will not allow it to be moved into a different customer account. Undoing it takes time and paperwork, and if I recall correctly it’s considerably more expensive than the domain itself.

Knowledge of the feature is a bit patchy among the average tech/phone goon there though.

However, even with that, a theft of the whole customer account might have been possible with a compromised email address and some determination — he was obviously in the account if he initiated an account change, and from inside the account you can do all kinds of fun things. I doubt he would have known what to do to snag the account on his own, but a paranoid email to customer service from an unrelated address: “Help I think someone is in my account what can I do” might have elicited a helpful What To Do In Case Of Account Compromise checklist from some tech, which might also be used as a What To Do To Compromise An Account checklist.

But that sort of thing gets noticed a lot faster than a single domain missing from an account with hundreds.

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August 3, 2009 @ 9:24 pm EDT

I think that http://dns.eatspoop.com/ and I certainly don’t think I’m the only one.

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Thomas

August 3, 2009 @ 9:35 pm EDT

I was thinking the exact same thing “Otto

August 3, 2009 @ 3:19 pm EDT

What we really need is a way to transfer domains that prevents fraud. The current system relies on far too easily hacked methods of identity verification. If I want to transfer a domain, then I should only be able to do so after verifying my identity in some secure manner. Simply getting my email password should not be enough to get the transfer done.

Quite frankly, all registrars should be required to act as escrow agents for safe domain transfers, to prevent all fraud in this area. Both parties would need accounts and need to verify the transfer, and any money exchange would happen through the registrar as well (or some certified third party), ensuring no take-backs, sort of thing.”

Sounds like someone sold the P2P without knowing exactly what it was worth, Then turned around and said “he stole it from me, He must have hacked into my account and stole it.” I would be very interested in the authenticity of the bill of sale on paypal, as I recall they use verisign, It would be interesting to find out for sure..

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aeschenkarnos

August 3, 2009 @ 10:29 pm EDT

Domain squatters and domain speculators aren’t much better. These people go around planting a flag in common words in the hopes of selling the words off to someone else who actually wants to do something useful with them. A plague on all their houses.

Mike Robertson

August 3, 2009 @ 10:30 pm EDT

Great article Adam!

Speaking from a registrar’s perspective, there is a couple of things we can do to assist in these situations.

Owners should contact their registrar as soon as they suspect there’s an issue. Hypothetically, if a domain was moved between Fabulous accounts (or is stolen and ends up at Fabulous), and once we receive notification, we’d place an Executive Lock on the domain, which would prevent ALL registry functions. We’d then await further instructions from legal / law enforcement and cooperate as best as possible.

Happy to elaborate further re: Fabulous’ security features – feel free to email me at mike at fabulous dot com.

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itinerantAlien

August 3, 2009 @ 11:57 pm EDT

Registrars should be responsible for assisting parties who allege fraudulent transferal of ownership. Ownership is at the core of their purpose and if ownership can so easily be taken away, then their purpose has been severely compromised. For the obviously Registrar-associated posters here, I wonder how much assistance they would feel entitled to from their bank if their account was hacked into and funds transferred? Would you feel a little outraged if they told you you had no right to know where the money went?

Mary Waugh

August 4, 2009 @ 12:23 am EDT

Interesting post! Domain theft cases have really increased nowadays. One might not even come to know that one’s domain name has been stolen and someone else is earning profits from one’s domain.

However, one can reduce the probability of such cases seeking the help of a good domain registrar. There are many good domain registrars operating in the market currently such as GoDaddy, LimeDomains, Network Solutions etc.

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Stephen Douglas

August 4, 2009 @ 5:05 am EDT

Atom Bomb, you dropped this article nicely and the “blast” is exceptional. That’s the good news for all of us. Excellent reporting, absolutely one of the best pieces of writing on a watershed moment for all domainers. You should win an award at the next domain conference.

Now for the bad news (*but only for me). I thought I got the scoop on this from the Star Ledger release just an hour before midnight… and I was telling my wife “I’m going to get the scoop on Dub-A, Atom, Ron, Elliot and everybody, FINALLY, cuz they’re all sleeping!” (she didn’t answer, she was sleeping). I should have known better. Thanks a lot for crushing my dreams of being a successful domain reporter, bro. Geez. I will give you a head noogie the next time I see you, but then, I’m gonna buy you the most expensive drink of your choice.

I’m totally stoked on your article, it is truly FANTASTIC. I gotta go now and add your link to my wimpy blog post.

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I hate domainers

August 4, 2009 @ 8:38 am EDT

Why should we care? As an end user, what difference will I see between Angel’s useless parking page and the NBA dude parking page?

Imagine I own a piece of land downtown of a big city. I don’t really intend to do anything on there, I just know it’s worth big bucks, and will be worth more later. So, while I wait for someone to give me an indecent offer for that piece of land, I build a huge tower with tons of ads on it.

I’d only be happy if someone blasted the tower down to offer me some sort of service, be it a restaurant or whatever.

Using a domain to offer a service should be free. Domain name parking by domainers should be EXPENSIVE. Judging of the usefulness of a web page is somewhat subjective, but I’m sure we can figure it out.

That being said, we could settle for a Domain name registration cost that is exponentially related to the number of domains you own. One can only have so many ideas that are worth a domain…

So stop drooling to the idea that law has been bent to prosecute someone who stole from a crook, and that someday, you might also benefit from the law to protect your oh so precious 4 letters domain name.

Evisscerator

August 4, 2009 @ 8:56 am EDT

Domain theft has been going on since the days when Network Solutions was the only company doing domain registrations. Now that many more players are in the field, there needs to be more accountability on the part of those doing the registrations. GoDaddy should be held accountable in this case and should be named as co-conspiritor in it because they failed to notify the Angels by phone and in a timely manner that there was a potential change taking place on their P2P.com account. The excuse that GoDaddy used in order to shift blame back onto the Angels for this activity is wrong.

If GoDaddy refuses to accept responsibility as a co-conspiritor in the case, they should have their registration authority pulled and forced to shut down as an operating entity. There is no reason for them not to accept some responsibility for their inaction in this matter with regard to protecting the Angels interest in their registered domains.

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Arlie

August 4, 2009 @ 10:02 am EDT

Great reporting, Adam. Fascinating story.

Until we get some new laws in this area, any extra security will have to be voluntary on the registrars’ parts.

Registrars could require an escrow period where the transfer sits in limbo for a period of time. Or, if a domain is transferred more than once during a 30 day period (just as an example), all prior transferees and transferrors would have to be notified.

Registrars could offer telephone verification. You give a valid phone number when you buy a name. Then, when you transfer it, registrar calls you and you enter a code before transfer can through. Or do some already do that? It would be an extra layer of security, but I’m sure someone somewhere would find a way to foil that, too.

I doubt too many registrars will be adopting these measures if it would cut into their profits.

P.S. I was going to tweet this, but the “share this” app you have here gave me this ridiculous and unnecessary and intrusive message: “The application TwitThis by Chuug would like the ability to access and update your data on Twitter. This application plans to use Twitter for logging you in in the future.” Unbelievable!

P.P.S. I was going to use my real name and URL, but I figure a message thread like this is being stalked for potential victims.

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morbo

August 4, 2009 @ 10:33 am EDT

Godaddy is trash. See: http://nodaddy.com/
My opinion is that a registrar doesn’t have to investigate all transfers, but if they get a complaint about a transfer, they could at least lock the domain and begin or assist in an investigation. However, godaddy has a long history of doing what they want and screwing their customers. I suggest every move away from them.

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Lesli Angel

August 4, 2009 @ 10:53 am EDT

Dear Adam,

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you and DNN for your wonderful coverage and quick turnaround of our p2p.com domain theft story. I was most appreciative that you were able to connect all the dots and organize the story for the ease of the reader ,as this case, like many thefts, is complicated. I was also happy that you included and gave credit to those individuals who were monumental in our quest for justice. It just shows that it takes a village…..

There was one pivotal figure who unfortunately did not get initial credit in the media coverage. Duncan Cameron, our lead counsel, spent hours nights and weekends with us combing through years of facts and evidence I had compiled. His patience only exceeded by his ability to thoroughly understand our situation, the law involved, and what needed to be done. He was quick, sharp and strong, and as our case is nowhere over yet, Duncan will continue to be our lead counsel. For further inquiries he can be reached at dcameron@donavanhatem.com; phone 646-346-1264.

I’d like to add that the volunteerism we received from Josh Peliserro and Richard Lau was truly wonderful, and these folks spent much of their time not only offering advice, but consoling me during dark hours. They are the “behind the scenes” ordinary people executing extraordinary acts of kindness just to help someone out. Amazing, really.

Ellen Rony played a pivotal role in this whole mess. As mentioned, she was the expert who helped us to piece the puzzle together and also spent hours listening to my thoughts and concerns and my lamenting as well! My hat goes off to her; she is bright and articulate and does her job well.

Last but not least by far, is the hero of this story; Det. Sgt. John Gorman of the New Jersey Cyber Crimes Unit. When I pleaded my story to him, he got it immediately…he understood the ramifications of a domain theft, even though traditionally his unit had never concentrated on this type of crime before. His overwhelming desire for justice forged him into unchartered territory; there had been no other arrests of this kind; and he put a lot of sweat and hard labor into this case. Without him and his unit, I would not have had any justice at all. My gratitude to this unit goes deeper than I can express, and I can only wish them all to experience the feeling of relief I had when they agreed to take this case on. My hat goes off to Det. Gorman for gaining a foray into the world of an overlooked crime that has become so commonplace in this billion dollar industry. There is no finer unit. Bravo!!!

The good news outcome thus far: I have had one of the three stolen domains returned. Upon seeing and hearing our case, Monte Cahn of Moniker with help from Bari Meyerson, put drugoverdose.com back into my account a few days ago. (Please note that drugoverdose.com was not stolen from Moniker; it just ended up residing there). I am most grateful to them, Domain Capital (the financiers) and the losing purchaser, who generously agreed to return my domain. Their decision to exercise this prudent judgment reignited my faith that there are actually Registrars and domain owners who want to do the right thing in an event such as this. I truly believe these folks intently listened to and investigated the presented circumstances and came to a decision that would support the victim, rather than hamper and frustrate their ability for recovery.

My partners and I always felt from the beginning of our theft, that we had to pursue it in a way different than traditionally had been done before. Yes, we have an ongoing Civil case pending, but we felt a very strong conviction to invite law enforcement to play a part in it. The time has come where domain ownership deserves more respect. If your car is stolen in the US, it will be returned to you and the thief prosecuted. Our fervent wish is that our situation will be the catalyst for enactment of new laws and remedies for victims of domain theft, and that these remedies will not only include criminal prosecution, but an improvement and enhanced security system by Registrars. One of the best outcomes to arise from this would be for all states to unify and finally acknowledge that domains are property…and valuable property at that.

All my best,
Lesli Angel

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Bryan

August 4, 2009 @ 2:18 pm EDT

Very interesting article. I do think that the more coverage this story gets, the better for our industry. People need to realize that a digital asset is still an asset, and should be treated as such.

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Screw Them All

August 4, 2009 @ 3:28 pm EDT

The real thieves here are people like the Angels who buy up $100 domain names with the hopes of selling them at extremely exorbitant prices. I hope the thief wins.

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Idiot Domainer

August 4, 2009 @ 8:15 pm EDT

Thanks for such intelligent commentary Mr Screw Them All. The Angels paid $160,000 for the domain and planned on building a peer-to-peer company.

Adam Strong

August 4, 2009 @ 8:18 pm EDT

Thank you Lesli !

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PopularTLD

August 4, 2009 @ 8:54 pm EDT

Exceptional post – truly amazing that he thought he could get away with it, especially on a domain name of that caliber.

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John

August 5, 2009 @ 3:16 am EDT

Here’s my take on it all. Domain names can NEVER be property because they have to be RENEWED or else they die.

You CANNOT compare a domain name to a HOUSE or LAND because if you own LAND then it is not going anywhere if you don’t RENEW it next year.

What if we lived in a WORLD where once you purchase a domain name it is YOURS forever? Of course, it would cost MUCH more than $10 per year or Network Solutions crazy $35 per year. Well, that would never happen because the REGISTRARS need to get THEIR money every year.

Everyone and their brother is buying domains, MOST of which never do anything with it, atleast not on any kind of SUCCESSFUL scale. Why? Because it’s ONLY $10..

Why are their so many useless parking page websites? Because they are only $10..

Why oh why? Because it’s VIRTUAL baby! I can’t afford the life I live now but for $10 I can have a .com with 3 hyphens that makes no sense.

Why have they SOLD so many .tels, .info’s, .booboo’s ? Because everyone wants a piece of this PIE that you can’t even put in your mouth. Because we are hoping for something VIRTUALLY that we cannot have in REALITY.

What happens if someone owns a domain name then dies? Then their credit card that was set to auto-renew does NOT auto renew because the card is expired because of death.. All the years SPENT on building the site…down the drain and SCOOPED UP by someone that will put a parking page there and make 30 cents per click from Google. Just like that. No if’s ands or buts.

DOMAINS ARE NOT REAL they are a figment of our imagiNETion.

Domains need DEEDS and they need to be bought for life not for 365 day increments.

And yes, I know you can buy them for up to 10 years but really who does that? You might EXPIRE BEFORE YOUR DOMAIN NAME DOES!!

Domain Name Speculators are just that. They SPECULATE that they can place a worth on a location in cyberspace, the real final frontier. And who falls for this? People that USE AOL EMAIL ADDRESSES for important things like Domain Name registration!! For shame.. For “REAL”.. not virtually, for real!

Now I am off to buy a hyphenated .info for $1.99 on special YAY!

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Frank Michlick

August 5, 2009 @ 7:11 pm EDT

@Arlie: Thanks for the hint regarding the “share” plugin, we’ll upgrade it shortly and the new version does not use an application for twitter any more.

Know of him...

August 6, 2009 @ 10:00 am EDT

John… the way I look at it is like this. Yes you have to renew a domain, but it can be property. Just like you may own land or a house, you have to pay taxes on it every year, and if its not totally owned yet, you have a mortgage. If you do not choose to do so, well we all know what happens there. The forclosure market is huge right now thanks to issues like this. So in my perspective, a domain renewal every year is like paying land and property tax on what you own, which you also must do every year. It is something you purchased, and you can get rid of it or sell it just like any other item you may have in your possession. I think the rules on this just need to be explained and set in stone in great detail. Unfortunately this individual thought he could get away with something and apparently believed he was smarter than everyone else. Well sometimes you bark up the wrong tree…and he will get whats coming. With those computers being seized, who knows what else they will find now. With all of this money rolling in, I wonder what kind of accounts it was put in and where they are. Being of Portuguese decent, I wonder if money was moved out of the US, and thus it can’t be touched, aka his expense account on vacations he “bragged” about. Massive tax evasion and all sorts of other little things will soon start to be added to the ever growing list of felonies. I would obviously hope they check his job record, wonder if he ever worked at or had a connection to a bank? I hope more details on this become leaked soon, this will be interesting to follow!

spenser

August 6, 2009 @ 8:15 pm EDT

In answer to the question:

Should a domain name registrar be held responsible for domains stolen from accounts ?

The answer is a resounding yes.

Since a domain name cannot be physically transported out of the hands of the registrar for safekeeping, it’s safekeeping is in the hands of the registrar.

This is analogous to securities left for safekeeping in a brokerage account. Not in a safety deposit box, but securities registered in street name and comingled with other customer securities.

The brokerage is acting as custodian for the client, and it is well recognised that all financial institutions must act responsibly with respect to customer accounts.

A domain name, being an accounting entry on some computer somewhere is no less an asset in safekeeping by a third party, in this case the registrar.

In this particular case, it is especially troubling that it is suggested godaddy is not responsible even when it was wrongly transferred internally from customer a to customer b. In the brokerage example, that transfer would be revoked in a second.

Why should domain registrars have any less responsibility in handling valuable assets?

Greg

August 6, 2009 @ 9:36 pm EDT

Spenser, your argument actually goes to support my point.

If you electronically tell your brokerage service to sell your securities by logging into your account with your account username and password then they will do so. They will also move your account credit to another account if you’re logged in and you send that instruction.

For example, if I lot into my personal trading account and sell shares, then take the proceeds from that sale and transfer the money into another account then not only does my brokerage do that, but they’re obligated to do so.

I think everyone here needs to remember that Godaddy didn’t do anything wrong here. Goncalves was able to log into the rightful owner’s account because he had their user name and password (which were stolen from a third party).

Maybe AOL owed them a duty of care re: the mail account, but Godaddy did what was required of them.

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Jeff

August 10, 2009 @ 3:36 am EDT

Outstanding piece of reporting — well done!

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Jeffery

August 16, 2009 @ 7:01 am EDT

Some of these stolen domain names are worth millions of Dollar$, and it is the personal “property” of the owner. For the police, prosecutors, & judges to not go after and bring these thieves to justice, is not only dereliction of duty, but it’s down right criminal, and reeks of utter ineptitude. These domains have actual monetary value, and should be treated as property. Theft should be investigated, and prosecuted accordingly, based on the monetary values involved. Think of this, if somebody went to the homes of these ignorant, lazy, and down right useless “public servants”, and looted their homes, stole their identity, maxed out their credit, emptied their bank accounts, & drove off in their cars, what would happen? All that theft probably doesn’t even come close to the value of certain domain names right? Monetarily its actually “less” of a crime then the ones they aren’t prosecuting. But I guarantee there would be an investigation, and arrests, probably on a damn FEDERAL level. Why should domains be any different. Another thing I am curious about. You know how “Godaddy” owns/sells domains I guess? If you had the money, I mean, what is involved with creating/opening your own domain name site? Or “Registrar”? is it called? I would think that way you would be almost completely protected. I agree with
*John August 5, 2009 @ 3:16 am EDT* about domains needing “deeds”. In lack of them though, would not my idea be as close to it as currently possible? Finally, what about buying domains for more then a year? Can it be done? Also do any domain companies (if not they SHOULD) have like…an automatic account renewal system, tied to you credit card? All in all something needs to be done. 10 years ago, maybe I could see this stuff going on, when the WWW was like the Wild Wild West. Untamed, full of unknowns, totally unregulated, etc, or automobiles at the turn of the century. Before traffic laws, and drivers license, etc But guess what. The internet is not new anymore, and like cars, it’s here to stay. And this domain problem needs to be regulated and protected and there is no excuse what-so-ever for theft going unchecked. It’s probably because the powers that be, don’t care because it’s not “their” money being lost, or business ruined. I bet if somebody stole IRS.com, or federalgovernment.com etc, it would be a different story though right? Then again, those are probably “.org or .gov” but you get my point. Maybe we all need to lobby for and demand stronger protective domain name legislation.

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Gabriella

August 17, 2009 @ 11:38 am EDT

Any “property” on the Net should be protected by the registrar’s. Make things simple, you buy the domain name through them they should ensure it’s safety. If the only options is legal recourse, or no budget we should continue to “self” police. This article is a fine example of how we can still control the Internet. Great article thanks!

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