May 31, 2005

Elite Torrents domain name now has FBI contact information

[Citizen journalism! Breaking News! Exclusive! Must credit Seth Finkelstein's Infothought! :-) [happy face]]

The Elite Torrents domain name seized by the goverment has now had its registration data altered to have FBI contact information. Details are present in the WHOIS info, which I've mirrored in the extended entry below (just in case it changes).

Domain ID:D104608983-LROR
Created On:07-Jul-2004 23:51:37 UTC
Last Updated On:26-May-2005 04:28:03 UTC
Expiration Date:07-Jul-2005 23:51:37 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Go Daddy Software, Inc. (R91-LROR)
Registrant ID:GODA-011841734
Registrant Name:ICE FBI
Registrant Organization:Department of Justic
Registrant Street1:1234 Washington Avenue
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Washington DC
Registrant State/Province:District of Columbia
Registrant Postal Code:90650
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.0000000000
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Admin ID:GODA-211841734
Admin Name:First Last
Admin Organization:FBI
Admin Street1:1234 Washington Avenue
Admin Street2:
Admin Street3:
Admin City:Washington DC
Admin State/Province:Washington
Admin Postal Code:90650
Admin Country:US
Admin Phone:+1.8885551212
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Tech ID:GODA-111841734
Tech Name:First Last
Tech Organization:FBI
Tech Street1:1234 Washington Avenue
Tech Street2:
Tech Street3:
Tech City:Washington DC
Tech State/Province:Washington
Tech Postal Code:90650
Tech Country:US
Tech Phone:+1.8885551212
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:
Tech FAX Ext.:
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By Seth Finkelstein | posted in copyblight | on May 31, 2005 08:01 PM (Infothought permalink)
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"1234 Washington Avenue" doesn't look quite right (and the postal code might be wrong, too).

Posted by: Florian Weimer at June 1, 2005 02:01 AM

Yes, the phone numbers are clearly placeholders too.

The postal code 90650 is in California. I think that code is related to where the new site is being run.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at June 1, 2005 08:12 AM

If the information is wrong, can't you contact ICANN and steal the domain, or something?

Posted by: Anonymous at June 1, 2005 04:13 PM

Ha - you want to try? :-)

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at June 1, 2005 04:47 PM

They never replaced the personal-name placeholders, either, and mapquest doesn't find any 'Washington Ave' in DC, either. (Although, combined, the Admin csz is "Washington DC, WA 90650"...) . . . nor is there a Washington Ave in 90650.

While I suppose it's possible that this was done by someone in the FBI who just didn't know or didn't care what they were doing, it doesn't seem likely. If this were an actual Government action, it would have real names, addresses, etc., or at least fakes that looked plausible. . . . This looks almost more like the kind of thing a spoofer would do just to get the required parts of the form filled in. . .

Posted by: libcat at June 3, 2005 03:36 AM