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11|16|2009 05:49 pm EDT

Grand Jury Indicts Daniel Goncalves On Domain Theft Charges

by Adam Strong in Categories: Legal Issues

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced in a press release today that Union, New Jersey resident Daniel Goncalves was indicted today.  Criminal Justice Director Deborah Gramiccioni stated that the Division of Criminal Justice Major Crimes/Computer Analysis & Technology Unit obtained a seven-count state grand jury indictment.  Goncalves, 25, was charged with unlawful taking, theft by deception, computer theft, identity theft all in the second degree along with three counts of fourth-degree falsifying records.

Daniel Goncalves was arrested July 30th, 2009 on charges stemming from the accusation that he stole the domain name from Marc Ostrofsky (best known for his sale of the domain) and his partners Albe and Lesli Angel.  As detailed in our previous coverage, Goncalves reportedly gained access to the AOL account used by the Angels, facilitated a transfer by accessing the account and later sold the domain on for $111,000 to professional basketball player Mark Madsen.

Milgram stated today

“In the big money marketplace of the Internet, a popular domain name is like prime commercial real estate. The indictment charges that this defendant hacked into an online account of, LLC, stole their domain name, and sold it to an unsuspecting customer on eBay for approximately $111,000.

According to the release the investigation was able to determine from records provided by Godaddy that that the same IP address utilized to log into the, LLC account (at Godaddy) and initiate the transfer was used to log into Goncalves’ own GoDaddy account and receive the transferred domain, completing the theft.

The second-degree charges Goncalves face carry a maximum 10 years in state prison and a $150,000 fine, while the fourth-degree charges carry a maxium of 18 months and a $10,000 fine.  The indictment was handed up to the Superior Court and Goncalves will be ordered to appear in a Union County court with a date yet to be determined.

Civil litigation is currently pending over ownership and money associated with the domain. As stated in the press release, “at this time, the site has not been returned to the original owners”. LLC owner Lesli Angel said:  “This confirms the resolve of the New Jersey enforcement team to bring domain hackers to justice, and we are grateful for their vigilance.  We are hopeful that this will serve as a shining example of how law enforcement can effectively address domain theft and create momentum for better laws in this area.”

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Jon Ekkoe

November 28, 2011 @ 7:05 pm EDT

Daaamnnn Danny. I remember you were the elite AOL hacker back in the day with all your AOL AXXXX. You should have known transferring the domain to your own godaddy account was a nail in the coffin for you. Perhaps a fake domain and fake ebay with offshore bank transfer might have worked. Shit gets real after you turn 18. I wish the best for you. Peace and love.

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