Comments: Elite Torrents domain name now has FBI contact information

"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