PSA: CyanogenMod domain name hijacked, ransom at $10,000 [Updated]

Update: The dispute has been resolved, and is back in the hands of the rightful owners. The original piece follows.

It’s a long and interesting story you can read in full over at the temporary (or perhaps permanent) new location of CyanogenMod, while you’re waiting for them to reclaim the domain name and services. The highlights of it include a web presence provider using the CM name to set up web deals, impersonating the creator of CyanogenMod, and demanding $10,000 for the domain name to return it.

The CM team will get the domain back eventually, as they own the trademark, but ICAAN disputes can take some time. I’m sure there will be also be legal repercussions against the web provider for the dirty dealings, impersonation, and fraudulent business dealings, but in the short-term all emails address to addresses will bounce, forums have been moved, and there is great unrest as the old links no longer work.

If there are any more updates to this, I’ll be on them later. In the meantime, since the person holding hostage is evidently not a particularly upstanding person, you might want to beware of going there as they might end up redirecting the traffic someplace not quite safe for work or your computer.

And this right after a stable release for the HTC EVO 4G LTE.


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4 thoughts on “PSA: CyanogenMod domain name hijacked, ransom at $10,000 [Updated]

  • November 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    It’s a shame someone would decide to do this just for the money, as an open source project it’s not like the CM team has much. I’m glad the domain is back in the right hands now, as any number of bad things could otherwise have happened. (Imagine the Cyanogenmod domain being used by others to host ROMs with malware that new users might download.)

  • November 15, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Reading other stuff, especially comments from the supposed hijacker it seems this might have been blown out of proportion.
    He could be lying but makes some very cogent points, ie.
    – he always owned the domain, didn’t “hijack” it
    – the $10k figure was a joke in am email when asked how much hed sell the domain for (easily misinterpreted over email)
    – when transferring a domain out his provider resets its DNS – makes sense

    Could be trying to save face or could just be a big misunderstanding. Either way a .org tld makes more sense for them anyway

    • November 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      I’ve never dealt with a provider that couldn’t supply DNS through a transition.

      I can provide seemless DNS through a transition and I only have a Windows 2003 server to handle it ;)

      • November 16, 2012 at 2:01 am

        I guess there’s a difference between being able to provide it and actually choosing to do so


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