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Alert: Stolen domain GUI.com

An early morning sales thread over at DNForum was too obvious to pass: GUI.com was being offered for sale.

A top notch LLL .com that stands for “Graphical User Interface” being on sale all of a sudden?

Perusing DomainTools.com and its historical WHOIS is a great tool to uncover sudden and unexplained changes to the WHOIS.

GUI.com hadn’t changed hands in years and all of a sudden the name and email both changed during the weekend. That’s a sign of something fishy going on with regards to ownership.

What’s interesting is that the legitimate owner works for the Dallas Mavericks. How would such a premium LLL .com change over to an apparently Indian person?

Thieves that hijack domain names also want to flip them quickly or use proxy sellers to perform the deed. In the case of GUI.com it is not clear yet who the perpetrator is. The thread starter alleges that someone at Digital Point forums asked him to sell it on his behalf.

DomainTools and its historical WHOIS allowed us for contacting the legitimate owner who confirmed the domain GUI.com is NOT for sale.

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6 Responses to “Alert: Stolen domain GUI.com”
  1. Domainer says:

    This is gonna get a lot worse and, in cyberspace, no one can hear you scream.

  2. How is this happening?

    Is there not a reliable fail safe under the registrar’s interface which sends you an email when changes are made to the contact info, name servers, unlocking/locking, etc?

    What am I missing here? What should I be on the lookout for? Feel free to send me an email directly if need be because I am lost on this one!

  3. Nadia says:

    My original comment from 2 hours ago when I was eating my pork tenderloin dinner wasn’t posted because I was on wi-fi with a proxy. I just read the original thread from DNForum, and it’s amazing what some people think they can get away with.

    I’d also be interested to hear what the registrar’s response is to this – GoDaddy and Moniker send emails after nameserver/whois changes, as far as I know. It’s really scary that something like this is allowed to happen.

    Once again, kudos to you for stepping up and exposing this guy. You’re the man.

  4. Lucius "Guns" Fabrice says:

    Domainer – You just have to scream louder 😀 Some people will hear, eventually.

    PLE – Somehow the thief got access to the email address of the owner; the rest is history.

    Nadia – Pork tenderloin rocks, especially when roasted on wifi microwaves 😀

  5. Peggy Ploss says:

    Godaddy has a system that can be initiated with your account manager. Simply, nothing can be transferred out without a phone conversation with your account manager.

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