Written by Keenan W. Ng
An interesting Computer Fraud and Abuse Act case was recently filed in Virginia. In AcmeBilling Company v. John Doe, Plaintiff, Acme, who maintains numerous websites hosted by GoDaddy, alleges cyber criminals in China stole its domain names. These cyber criminals stole the domain names by gaining unauthorized access to Acme’s domain management account and altering the domain registration records for accounts owned and used by Acme. While Acme was able to recover some of its domain names by working with GoDaddy, GoDaddy unfortunately informed Acme the Chinese domain name registrar who had 14 of their domain names refused to return the websites.