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Man Arrested for Domain Name Theft

Submitted by on 19 July, 2020 – 4:32 pm

Twenty-five-year-old Daniel Goncalves of New Jersey became the 1st person in the state to be arrested for domain name burglary.  Goncalves reportedly sold the domain to Mark Madsen, a forward for the NBA’s L. A. Clippers, who did not know the domain was robbed. After checking with the company Go Father domain account, it discovered that the domain name had been switched over to another individual without P2P’s information in 2006. The company approached the state police once it discovered the suspect was in New Jersey.

Goncalves reportedly hacked his way into P2P’s Go Father account and transferred the domain name to his very own account.  The state police announced that “attempts were made immediately after that to transfer the domain away from Go Father to a different registrar, but ICANN [Internet Establishment for allotted Names and Numbers] rules proscribed this transfer for sixty days. 9 days after the transfer prohibition was concluded, it is charged that Goncalves moved the domain name to a different registrar.

After waiting the imperative sixty days, Goncalves reportedly put the domain name on sale on eBay in Sep 2006, and Madsen bought it for just over $111,000. Charged with “theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft of identity and PC theft,” Goncalves was released on $60,000 bail. According to state police, the domain name is now the topic of ongoing civil legal action and has not yet been returned to the first owners.

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