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Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft? 390

SoccerDad41 writes "I am a systems administrator for an Indiana-based bricks-n-clicks retailer currently suspended because an unscrupulous typosquatter stole my name and registration information for his/her fraudulent domain registration. My company hired a third party service to protect their trademark by identifying and terminating infringing web sites. The third party identified a domain name, performed a WhoIs lookup & issued a complaint in compliance within ICANN's rules. This was presumably all reported back to our Legal department and it was noticed that the name on the domain registration matched mine. I have a locally uncommon ethnic last name so an immediate connection to me was made & although I protested my absolute innocence in the matter, I have been suspended on grounds of violating non-compete policies pending proof that it isn't me. The fraudulent domain registration was made with a different registrar (let's call them Registrar B) than the one my company uses (let's call them Registrar A). The public parts of the registration information at Registrar B match pretty exactly those of my legitimate domain registrations at Registrar A, including Registrar A's mailing address and phone number. The only things left out in the mailing address are the reference to a domain name and ATTN: Registrar A. Of course the anonymized email address differs as well. Surely I'm not the first in the Slashdot community to find myself in this situation. I'd like to avoid incurring the cost of a lawyer but I am intent on maintaining my good name and continued employment. What are my rights and responsibilities in this matter? What is my best course of action? How did you resolve this issue? How can I prove it's not me?"
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Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft?

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  • Uh, what? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:07PM (#33553856)

    See a lawyer.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      And ask them what?

    • Re:Uh, what? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Xiph ( 723935 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:11PM (#33553898)

      as many will presumably say: See a lawyer.

      While slashdot can give you eggcelent legal advice, It'll hit you in the face that you don't play dice with the important parts of your life.

      So please mods, don't put redundant to the people who say "Get a lawyer"

      • Re:Uh, what? (Score:5, Insightful)

        by nbauman ( 624611 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @03:34PM (#33554546) Homepage Journal

        as many will presumably say: See a lawyer.

        While slashdot can give you eggcelent legal advice, It'll hit you in the face that you don't play dice with the important parts of your life.

        When you do see a lawyer, you need to know two things: The law and the facts.

        The facts include the details of how domain registration works. The lawyer may not know that. Readers of Slashdot may well know important information about domain registration that the lawyer can't easily get and would need to make the best decision about this situation.

        • Re:Uh, what? (Score:4, Insightful)

          by CohibaVancouver ( 864662 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @05:07PM (#33555390)

          When you do see a lawyer, you need to know two things: The law and the facts

          Incorrect - This is like saying when you go see the doctor, you need to know your symptoms and how to perform surgery.

          All you need to know are the facts. The laywer will know the law. S/he'll likely have to go away and do some homework, but s/he'll come back to you with 'the law.'

          • Re:Uh, what? (Score:4, Insightful)

            by HotNeedleOfInquiry ( 598897 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @05:28PM (#33555628)
            Bullshit. *Every* time I've seen a lawyer (4 or 5 times), I've had to explain in detail not only the situation but fairly explicit descriptions of how I think that the law or contract was broken and how I'd like to proceed. One incredibly lame-ass IP lawyer couldn't understand the difference between a copyright action and a trademark issue. Now he was the exception, but a good example of why you damn sure want to know where you're going with this before you start spending $300 hours at the lawyer.
          • Re:Uh, what? (Score:5, Insightful)

            by sjames ( 1099 ) on Monday September 13, 2010 @03:24AM (#33558820) Homepage Journal

            When hiring any professional, it helps to know enough to decide if they know enough.

      • ***as many will presumably say: See a lawyer.***

        Well, yes -- obviously. ... assuming that no IT genius has a clever answer unknown to most of us.

        The real question here, is how do you find a lawyer who is not going to end up billing one for a zillion hours while they learn the laws and customary practices applicable to this complex, narrow, and rather obscure situation?

    • by catbutt ( 469582 )
      Although a lawyer is obviously a good idea, I think slashdot is the place to find people who will understand the technical sides of this, such as how ICANN works, etc. So I think its a great idea to solicit input from this community first.

      Lawyers are expensive, and many of them are less than perfectly competent. With a complex technical issue like this, you could end up spending a ton of money if you don't do as much research as you can first.
    • by russ1337 ( 938915 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:52PM (#33554150)
      I think this IS his lawyer. A lawyer who has no idea about domain registrations so asked slashdot.... by pretending to be the client...
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Plus also get a copy of any grievance and discipline procedure. I would also get in touch with an employment lawyer (not just any lawyer) for your jurisdiction.

      It’s a moot point if the alleged misconduct is serious enough offence to warrant precautionary suspension - did you have any hearing at all. Precautionary suspension is only to stop people accused of serious crimes from fiddling with the evidence, which in this case I don’t see how that would be possible

      How ever an “off the r
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:09PM (#33553874)

    Say it wasn't you.

  • Contact a lawyer.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:11PM (#33553892)

    I am sorry you are in this unfortunate situation. However, you have begged the question, and ACCEPTED AS FACT that they presume you guilty and that YOU MUST PROVE YOUR INNOCENCE.

    That's not how it works.

    Please in writing request a meeting with your boss and the corporate counsel.

    Explain simply these NONTECHNICAL FACTS:
    1. You have done nothing to violate your terms of employment, your noncompete, or other agreements.
    2. If the company has PROOF that YOU did it, it is THEIR responsibility to show it.
    3. Until they do so, you want your job and pay FULLY reinstated.

    Offer them a concession:
    If they fear you MIGHT be a risk, they can PAY YOU, put you on a PAID BREAK until it is resolved.
    Additionally ONCE they do so, you ARE WILLING to help them figure it out.

    If they ask you a bunch of stupid questions like:
    1. Why wouldn't you want to clear your name?
    2. Why won't you volunteer information?
    3. Can we search your home/hard drive/etc?
    4. When did you stop beating your wife?

    BE POLITE, BE RESPECTFUL, and tell them you ARE willing to be cooperative, but FIRST they must
    restore the rights of yours they have trampled (job, pay, respect), and after that you will help them but
    you will not give up your CIVIL or CONSTITUTIONALLY or LEGALLY protected rights to do so.

    You don't need a lawyer for this unless they insist on not giving you job/pay back.

    In that case, hire a lawyer and you'll be happy to find many who will take a case like this on contingency.

    Innocent until proven guilty.

    Never give up your right to be innocent by begging the question of "But why am I suddenly guilty."


    • by JustOK ( 667959 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:14PM (#33553914) Journal

      or get a lawyer.

    • However, you have begged the question, and ACCEPTED AS FACT that they presume you guilty and that YOU MUST PROVE YOUR INNOCENCE.

      Isn't that how it works in the US where you have (at least in some states) employment "at will" and it is very easy for a company to fire someone? The innocent until proven guilty only works for criminal cases. This sort of thing is exactly why you need laws protecting employees....of course he really needs to talk to a lawyer to see whether there are any such laws applicable here.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Aquitaine ( 102097 )

        Yes, parent is correct. It is very difficult to protect employees with laws for this kind of thing, at least not without also protecting employees who are simply inept, have a rotten attitude, or are just plain old lazy. If a company decides you've done something that's perfectly legal but contrary to their policy, then in many states you can indeed be fired. Personally, as a business owner in an at-will state, I would say that any business who fires somebody over something like this without even a cursory

        • they just start the very long paper trail of documenting your 'poor performance and attitude' and xyz other legal requirements to fire you, so that when you do finally lose your job, you're a) completely unprepared and b) now have a paper trail of BS performance reviews and poor references.

          I don't see how you can have both (a) and (b). If you get (b) then surely you can see the writing on the wall? However it is an interesting point of view. I grew up in the UK which has frankly insane employment protection laws that make it extremely hard to fire anyone even for appalling performance. But I still think that some level of protection is required. In this case the OP could get fired AND get poor references simply because the company can't be bothered to do its homework.

        • Or sue the registrar for not verifying the identity of the person doing the domain registration.

          It's time we ended both unverified registrations and "privacy protection" for domain registrations.

          Not only will it make this sort of crime harder, but it will also reduce spam, since it will be a lot easier to track down the spammer (most of whom hide behind a bogus or "private" registration).

          The other route is to simply have all dns servers return a "not found" when a domain registration is not confirmed

        • by Kjella ( 173770 )

          In fact, while this doesn't happen in my line of work (thankfully), what you'll see in states with these legal protections is that, when your company decides they want to fire you for any reason at all, they just start the very long paper trail of documenting your 'poor performance and attitude' and xyz other legal requirements to fire you, so that when you do finally lose your job, you're a) completely unprepared and b) now have a paper trail of BS performance reviews and poor references. You might say 'well that's a dishonest company,' and indeed you'd be correct, but that's what happens when the government doesn't let two private parties resolve their differences through a more natural means: resentment builds up and the work environment tanks. I'd sooner work in an at-will state than one where I'm 'protected.'

          I work in pretty much the exact opposite of an at-will state, around here typical termination notice is one month in first six months of employment, then three months. They have to give a reason for termination, either their situation (e.g. downsizing ,restructuring, relocation, lack of work etc.) or your situation (performance, attitude, breach of rules etc.).

          Around here a significant part of the process is that the employee is informed that the job performance is so poor it may result in termination, and

      • Isn't that how it works in the US where you have (at least in some states) employment "at will" and it is very easy for a company to fire someone? The innocent until proven guilty only works for criminal cases. This sort of thing is exactly why you need laws protecting employees....of course he really needs to talk to a lawyer to see whether there are any such laws applicable here.

        The question you pose, again, reinforces the reason why you need to speak with a labor attorney in your state, and probably another attorney that deals with identity theft.

        There are two things going on here, folks. One, his identity was stolen and used fraudulently. That's a criminal matter and you need to call the police and/or FBI. The outcome of that investigation then needs to flow into the civil labor case where you were unduly suspended from your job for something that is clearly out of character f

    • by cptdondo ( 59460 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:47PM (#33554116) Journal

      Get a lawyer first. There's all sorts of things you can say that will screw you. Don't go talking to your employer without talking to a lawyer first.

      I say this as a former business owner; the first thing I would have done as your employer is consult our attorney about the situation. If you request a meeting, chances are they will have corporate counsel there. I would have been acting on legal advice; so should you.


    • by dougmc ( 70836 ) <> on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:58PM (#33554192) Homepage

      "Innocent until proven guilty." ... only in criminal cases, and even then it's only "*presumed* innocent until proven guilty".

      Fair or not, the best possible advice for this situation is to get a lawyer.

    • This is terrible advice. The first thing you need to do is consult a lawyer- the consultation will almost always be free- and the first thing they will tell you is not to do exactly this kind of shit. It can only make things worse.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by rcamans ( 252182 )

      This sounds logical, but it is not true or even relevant in states like Texas, where a company can terminate you for any reason.
      However, when you apply for unemployment, things can get tricky for the abusive company, and they can wind up paying unemployment.
      This I am certain of, because it happened to me.

      It is not the right to be innocent, like he stated above, but right to work, which does not actually exist in Texas.

      Innocent is only applicable when the government comes after you whith officers of the law,

    • ... contact the NLRB, National Labor Relations Board, as a next step. They may in effect do any necessary lawyering for you.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by WilliamX ( 22300 )

      Indiana is an employment at will state.

      Absent an agreement to the contrary, specifically stating otherwise, they can fire him at will, for any reason, provided the reason is not prohibited by law (i.e. discrimination laws).

      Suspicion alone IS grounds for dismissal in almost any employment at will state.

  • by crankyspice ( 63953 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:14PM (#33553916)

    Grab a Nolo book or two (check your library, or, file a "pro se" lawsuit against John Does 1-20, and via that lawsuit subpoena the domain name registrar. Get everything they have, IP address(es) used to register the domain (i.e., load the website), etc. Get records from wherever the site was hosted. Get ISP records corresponding to the IP addresses in use by the person/people who registere the domain name / set up the website. Etc. Document, document, document. Then summarize it in a memo to your employer, citing to the documents you've uncovered (include them as labeled exhibits, e.g., "As you can see from the Billing Information Statement ("Billing"), attached hereto as Exhibit A...")

    And then, as long as you're already wet, go swimming. If you can come close to identifying these asshats, amend the complaint and sue 'em. (Service might be tricky, but if you can satisfy the diligence requirement, most jurisdictions will allow substitute service by publication. Then go for the default judgment... Satisfying it will likely be impossible, but having a civil judgment in your favor can't hurt your attempts to remain employed and clear your name.)

    Disclaimer, I am a lawyer, but I am not licensed in Indiana, this is not legal advice, this does not create an attorney-client relationship.

    • Trouble is if is is in an "at will" employment state, they have every right to fire him without cause anyway, so all he could do is soil their reputation as unreasonable... if his employment contract does not forbid him from making disparaging remarks. About the only thing they probably can't make him do is honor non-compete agreements if he is fired -- courts frown on that.

      Like I say, You can't be fired for the color of your skin, but you can be fired for the color of your eyes.

    • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:53PM (#33554156)

      ... this is not legal advice, this does not create an attorney-client relationship.

      And these are not the droids you are looking for.

    • by Kuo-Cheng ( 724370 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @03:05PM (#33554236)
      Not legal advice? By virtue of what -- not advising any particular action? Not being about legal matters? It makes you wonder. (This is not sarcastic rejoinder.)
      • by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @05:57PM (#33555888)
        A lawyer has responsibilities to anyone they provide legal advice to. A hypothetical "If I were in your situation" answer is, de facto, legal advice. However, stating "this is not legal advice" makes it not meet the legal standard of being official legal advice, and thus he doesn't have the same responsibilities to the person asking the question as if he was an actual lawyer. That and giving actual legal advice in a jurisdiction one is not licensed to practice in could be illegal. And a non-lawyer giving legal advice is not actual legal advice, as they aren't a lawyer and unless they present themselves as one, it is not considered legal advice.
    • by rcamans ( 252182 )

      Hey. Good legal advice? Man, this is slashdot. You know good legal advice is not allowed here.
      We only permit crap legal advice that will further screw you, like what some anonymous cowards above posted.
      We will be suing your backside immediately. Violation of the implied slashdot posting rulesf and all that that you agreed to sight unseen by posting on slashdot..
      You are out of work, man.
      Sayonara dude.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This sounds like a perfect example of a situation where there's lots more information that what we are given. It may be completely unrelated to the actual event, but is still relevant.

    This falls under the category of "something weird". If a company really likes the employee involved with "something weird" they will probably believe the employee's story and not waste their time with legalities. If said employee is a nuisance (bad work ethic, loud mouth, does not get along well with others, causing proble

    • by rcamans ( 252182 )

      Actually, lots of companies in this economically downturned climate are just jumping at any reason to layoff or fire an employee. They don't care whether you are good, liked, essential, etc. Tis already happened to me and friends at a small company that had venture cap tired of losing money. And after they got rid of all the people they could, including several they could not do without, they went belly-up. So just try suing them.

  • by Z00L00K ( 682162 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:19PM (#33553940) Homepage

    Get in contact with a lawyer and check what your options are, but try to find a lawyer that knows what internet is about. Evidence on the net is always a tricky thing. If the registrar is in the country where you live you may have some legal options to use to get evidence behind who did the fraudulent registration.

    If the domain points to a web server somewhere it's also possible to check who is owning that server and is behind the web page.

    But if your address is on the registration you may actually be able to contact Registrar B and ask them to snail-mail you sufficient data to take control over the domain and then transfer it to the company that employs you. Go in and specify something like that you no longer is able to access the email account for the registration or something. When you are in control of it you may have a possibility to go back and ask them for logs about when it was registered and payment process. It's a case of following the money. However try the lawyer path first because if you find the money behind it then you can also find the culprit.

    However placing you on suspension seems to be a bit hard, and you may have a case here too.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by erroneus ( 253617 )

      Those are all steps that the company should make. If he does it, he is "generating evidence" that may not count as proof of his innocence. But I seriously doubt that the company is interested in hiring anyone to do any fact finding to disprove what they already believe to be the case. We have seen it all a thousand times: Belief is stronger than proof. They will feel no need to collect proof of this innocence as they already believe they have sufficient proof of his guilt. And if you present proof of i

  • Sounds like you do need a lawyer! Also sounds like it's urgent. Good luck! - Stephan

  • by Bitmanhome ( 254112 ) <bitman.pobox@com> on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:26PM (#33553984)

    I'm unclear on the problem. If the info at registrar B matches your info, then you can gain control of the account and terminate it. If it doesn't, then you'll have proof the lawsuit is baseless. If you can't get control, the denial letter from the registrar will serve as proof the lawsuit is baseless.

    Of course, to use this proof in court, you'll need a lawyer. But hopefully just getting a lawyer will encourage your company to cool down and talk sense.

    But once all this is over, you need to scrub your info from the registration and replace it with the company's info, since it's their domain. You'll then want to quit this job, since this company is more interested in lawsuits than business.

  • Tough one (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ascari ( 1400977 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:26PM (#33553986)

    Wow. Two thoughts immediately come to mind:

    1 - Seek some competent legal advice. Don't be a fucking moron: You're about to lose your job and reputation and maybe be sued out of existence and your biggest worry is to "avoid incurring the cost of a lawyer"? So you come to slashdot instead? Mindboggling. Maybe some other competent professional advice as well?

    2 - Sounds like too many coincidences to convince a jury. To prove you've been framed you would have to find out who did it and how they benefited doing it or you'll just sound like your garden variety disgruntled employee / asshole too clever for is own good or something like that. If I were you I'd start looking for another job.

  • by ( 142825 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:30PM (#33554006) Homepage

    If the whois information identifies you are the registrant, then contact the registrar. Identify yourself and take control of the domain name.

    If the registrar refuses, include them in the lawsuit.

    • by rainmouse ( 1784278 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:43PM (#33554094)

      Identify yourself and take control of the domain name.

      This seems rather risky without legal consultation. It could be used to further incriminate you.

    • And if they comply, you would be proving you are indeed the squatter.

      In other words, don't do it and contact a lawyer first. Once you're cleared, you could do it as a token gesture for your company.

      The only thing the squatters can do to prevent you from doing the transfer at a later time would be to change the registration. Considering the situation, that would add evidence pointing to the real culprits.

  • STOP. GET A LAWYER. (Score:5, Informative)

    by topham ( 32406 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:35PM (#33554028) Homepage


    Any further action on your part may be detrimental otherwise.

  • Lawyers. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Essequemodeia ( 1030028 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:39PM (#33554058)
    All lawyers are assholes until you need one.
  • by BufferArea ( 794172 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:41PM (#33554084)
    Your id was stolen by someone to create a website that infringes on the trademark for a company that you work for? First, it's odd that somebody would steal your identity for the purpose of creating a website. But secondly, the website is one that infringes on the trademark for your company. And then your company actively looks for violations on this stuff? I think somebody wanted you fired. Possibly it is your own company - after all, they didn't need much 'proof' to suspend you, did they? If your company is big enough to have a legal dept, it seems they can afford to be (and should be) a little more thorough. Hire a lawyer.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Culture20 ( 968837 )
      Indiana is an at-will state. They could have fired him for nothing, literally. If he's being "framed" then it's likely that it's someone not in HR at the company, and not his superiors either. It's more likely that someone not affiliated with the company just said "I want to run a scam in XYZ industry. Who's the head sysadmin for ABC, the local leaders in XYZ? Ah, got his email, now a few quick internet searches... perfect. Now my website looks totally legit. Cyber-Scam go!" They probably never thou
      • by fafaforza ( 248976 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @07:11PM (#33556448)

        Right, because the most convoluted explanation is the most probable one.

        As someone already said, for someone who wants to run some scam on a company with a fake domain, it's trivial to look up the admin/tech contact for their real domain. Why? I don't know, maybe to make it seem to whatever victim that would be bothered to run a whoisthat the domain was registered by the same representative of the actual company.

        And even if this were a question from a scammer, given the facts that answers are based on, the info would apply to someone else in a similar situation. The situation being, in my view, a bunch of office types without the faintest idea of the triviality of the registration process, threatening a job that the OP wants to keep. Just ask any email admin, for example, about all the times they had to explain how easily the CEO's email address can be forged and that they don't need to call in the local detectives.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      I was thinking it was a very interesting coincidence too.

      Another scenario:

      Poster was trying to pull something on his employer, gets caught, posts on /. pleading innocent for help on how to dig himself out of the shit he's in.

  • How do we know... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by pongo000 ( 97357 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:46PM (#33554106)

    ...that it wasn't you? Seriously, folks: Maybe this individual is guilty as charged, and he's asking us about ways to defend his actions, or how to create a web of plausible deniability. Think about it: If this situation really happened to a truly innocent party, with looming consequences of job loss (especially in the current economy), don't you think said party would seek the advice of counsel before airing out his laundry on /.?

    I know some of us are always willing to lend a hand to a fellow geek, but sometimes I have to shake my head at how quickly some of you jump to defend an individual who claims to be innocent, framed, whatever.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by erroneus ( 253617 )

      I was thinking in the same direction. Why/How would someone out there know to use a particular trademarked name and to also use a particular person's name who is associated with the company as an IT person to register a domain name?!

      I have a feeling that there's a bit more to know than we are being told. I would not discount the possibility that this guy actually did register the domain hoping his company would buy it from him for a tidy profit and it backfired... badly.

      I think we are short on facts here

      • I was thinking in the same direction. Why/How would someone out there know to use a particular trademarked name and to also use a particular person's name who is associated with the company as an IT person to register a domain name?!

        Well now, let's say I wanted to run a scam involving infringement of Acme Incorporated's website, My first step would be to pick a similar-sounding domain name, then I would open up a terminal and type in "whois". Boom. Now I just use the information in the whois record when registering my own domain name, anyone who wonders why there is both a "" website (the legit one) and a "" (my fake website) and de

  • Somebody paid to register that domain. Find out who it was. Maybe that means subpoenaing Registrar B for a credit card number or bank account, and subpoenaing the bank for the account holder's name.

    "Identity theft" is just fraud, twisted around to make the impersonated customer the victim rather than the business that allowed it to happen. Fraud is a crime, and law enforcement should be involved. Of course, IANAL.

    • by Plekto ( 1018050 )

      Fraud is a crime, and law enforcement should be involved. Of course, IANAL.

      I've been through this myself in the past. You don't need to be a laywer or anything to know that identity theft is a crime. Duh.

      But what's really going on here isn't identity theft so much as hijacking a website. Since it's not actually identity theft in terms that the police understand, and is a more a civil dispute, don't bother with them right now.

      Let me tell you something I learned early in life:

      Lawyers and lots of detailed pa

  • If you can do this, then it proves how simple it is, and the onus is then on them to either /prove/ that you were the person that registered the domain name you're accused of, or accept that your boss has been registering domain-names without his/her own knowledge.

    • This isn't a bad idea if the company is willing to be reasonable - but you want to have permission to do it first.

  • by BlueStrat ( 756137 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:54PM (#33554166)

    Consulting a lawyer is the only sensible thing to do at this point. Of course if you really want to go out in a blaze of irony, you could also register another domain in the head of HR's name or the CEO's name just as was done to you. :D


  • by pongo000 ( 97357 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @02:55PM (#33554172)

    I'd like to avoid incurring the cost of a lawyer but I am intent on maintaining my good name and continued employment. let me get this straight: You stand a good chance of losing your job, affecting your life and your family's well-being, and you're too cheap to hire a lawyer? I'm sorry, but you really have your priorities out of whack if you think posting your woes on /. is time well spent.

  • Way too many coincidental details to be a random ID thief, this is someone who knows you and who is out to bury you.

    Hire a lawyer AND a PI.

    Then sit back, STFU and let them do the work.

    good luck.

  • Was it GoDaddy?
  • This is a perfect example of why the RIAA's recent win on getting ISP users' identities with a subpoena can be a good thing. He is the victim of a civil offense, just as the RIAA's members technically were. He only knows that some asshole John Doe has maligned his name by doing this. I'm actually glad the RIAA won that victory because it might help him clear his name.

    And I say this as someone who normally thinks the RIAA should be thrown through a legal chipper shredder that begins with RICO, takes an inter

  • Get a lawyer. OF COURSE get a lawyer.

    Here's the thing with the legal system in the United States-

    It's not if THE LAW is on your side, it's if THE JUDGE is on your side. The major benefit of hiring a lawyer, especially a "local" lawyer, is that he likely knows the judge personally. You likely don't. A lawyer will get things done that you can't, simply because he is part of the local "old boys club".

    Basically, you have to hire a lawyer, because it shows that you are willing to "play ball", as they say. When y

  • You are working for assholes who are assuming that the registration is yours even though you explained the situation.

    Who would be dumb enough to register a domain which infringes on his employer's trademark somehow, and using his real name?

    What for?

  • If they're going to fire you over something like this, consider the possibility that they were going to fire you anyway. If you're sure you're clean all around, hire a lawyer, but don't sic 'em on the company until you've been fired or want to get fired.
  • First off, if the registration is in your name with your address, phone number and email address then you should have a very easy time taking control of it. Write a letter (on paper) to your employer requesting permission to do so with the intent of collecting all information contained in the account and turning it over to the company. Take no action unless they grant permission in writing.

    Second, hire a lawyer to write you a letter to the effect of, "Mr. You's name was forged on the system in question. The

  • A typosquatter wants to create a domain using a trademark illegally. So then he doesn't want it in his own name because it is illegal. So he looks up the whois information of a related website and uses the same information in order not to have to put in his own name. Someone at the company discovers the typosquat website, runs whois on the typosquat domain and is enough of a moron to just assume that the name label associated to an illegal activity is actually genuine, and then proceeds to impugn the good n
  • by atomic-penguin ( 100835 ) <wolfe21.marshall@edu> on Sunday September 12, 2010 @05:24PM (#33555578) Homepage Journal

    This story doesn't seem to add up. Why wouldn't a competent SysAdmin just contact Registrar B either by an Abuse, or a Support resolution process? Worst case scenario, a competent registrar will want a letter on the victim company's official letterhead, or some notarized document, to prove identity. Best case scenario, you could take over the domain (registered in YOUR name), and shut the site down by lunch-time on Tuesday.

    If it were me and I WANTED to keep my job, then I'd lawyer up, if that didn't work.

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