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Offline VekseidTopic starter

Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« on: December 23, 2010, 03:51:38 PM »
http://domainnamewire.com/2010/12/20/bank-of-america-wants-you-to-know-its-executives-dont-suck/

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Company defensively registers hundreds of domain names for its senior executives and board members.

As Bank of American awaits a possible release of information from WikiLeaks, it wants to ensure that you don’t think its executives suck. Or blow for that matter.

The company has been aggressively registering domain names including its Board of Directors’ and senior executives’ names followed by “sucks” and “blows”.

For example, the company registered a number of domains for CEO Brian Moynihan: BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com, BrianTMoynihanBlows.com, and BrianTMoynihanSucks.com. Just to be sure, it also picked up the .net version of these names and some .orgs as well.

I count hundreds of such domain name registrations on December 17 alone. They were registered through an intermediary that frequently registers domain names on behalf of large companies.

Some of the other names are for CFO Charles Noski, Chairman of the Board Charles Holliday, and board member Charles Rossotti (who is also Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group).

I’m not sure if this strategy will work. You can always go register BrianMoynihanBlows.info.

If this has anything to do with any of them personally being involved in fraudulent foreclosures, or worse, I would suggest to the folks at Bank of America that the words 'sucks' and 'blows' is not the apogee of English vulgarity. With most people using search engines these days, it's far more likely that someone will take off with something along the lines of 'Brian Movnihan Chokes on Four Gallons of Horse Chum per Day'.

Which may be rather insulting to bestiality aficionados.

I'll have to think of something better.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2010, 04:31:25 PM by Vekseid »

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2010, 05:00:44 PM »
If only I had the spare cash to register something like that.

Then I'd hold it for ransom, or something.

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2010, 05:02:04 PM »
Makes me wonder what is on that drive that Wikileaks is holding hostage.

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2010, 07:36:00 AM »
        Not sure how much these things cost, but it's kind of funny either way...

        I don't see how they imagine they can really cover the gamut of possibilities.  All one has to do is put in an underscore here, a dash there, or yes use more colorful language.  Are they hiring focus panels to imagine the full range of simply "common" insults and just how much are they spending on this...  It's like the PR version of chasing tunneling rodents with the hammer.

       

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2010, 07:45:55 AM »
If anything they've basically challenged whoever reads that article to find a loophole. Now they have a number of bored, web-savvy, types (along with their potential detractors) to worry about.

Offline VekseidTopic starter

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2010, 10:06:03 AM »
.com/.net/.org cost about $10/year each, but registrars that do this sort of thing for brand protection (like MarkMonitor) cost more. Someone would have to do a registrar lookup and pick it out, but they're spending thousands at a minimum and millions is not out of the question.

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2010, 12:14:56 PM »
I'm not quite sure I understand... why are they doing this?

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2010, 12:34:56 PM »
It's a preemptive action to keep disgruntled customers (and/or ex-employees) from getting the domain name and putting up an anti-'Bank of America' site.

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2010, 12:54:01 PM »
I have to wonder who thought this was a good idea.

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2010, 01:09:08 PM »
I have to wonder who thought this was a good idea.

A good idea?  Maybe.  It might preemptively shut down any obvious sites for critical discussion.

An effective idea?  Good God, no!  Do they not have any idea how many hidey-holes there are on the internet?

It's like a teacher I knew that tried to outlaw dirty words in her classroom.  Individually.  On a on-spoken basis.  It devolved into pretty much every student asking, "Miss, can I say ____?"  "No."  "Can I say _____?"  "No!"  "...But I just did."
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Offline VekseidTopic starter

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2010, 02:14:12 PM »
It's a preemptive action to keep disgruntled customers (and/or ex-employees) from getting the domain name and putting up an anti-'Bank of America' site.

No,
http://bankofamericasucks.com already leads to a forum where ex-employees and so on are posting.

The suspicion is that this dump is specifically going to incriminate a single executive, so they're buying up the domains for the executives in an attempt to protect their reputation.

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2010, 09:34:43 PM »
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...aggressively registering domain names including its Board of Directors’ and senior executives’ names...

       So in order not to spill the beans about which executive they're trying to marginally protect this way, they have to pay to cover sites for the whole senior management.  Is that what this all means?

Offline VekseidTopic starter

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2010, 09:37:05 PM »
They probably don't know whose hard drive it is.

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2010, 09:51:43 PM »
They probably don't know whose hard drive it is.

Or they are using a bunch of names to divert suspsion.. or the material contained on the drive might have a 'splatter' factor to it.

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2010, 10:01:12 PM »
        Some of these threads might use a little more backstory...

        I had to Google to see where this all started, in the news at least.  There's no reference to "hard drive" in the OP article.

Offline VekseidTopic starter

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2010, 10:07:07 PM »
Ahh sorry.

In two separate Interviews, Assange revealed that 1) He had major incriminating evidence against the Bank of America and 2) That he had 5 gigabytes of data from the hard drive of a major US bank executive, and that it would be revealed early next year.

Given the way Julian was talking about how this is endemic to the entire financial sector, I wouldn't be surprised if it also included evidence of collusion.

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Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2010, 11:01:16 PM »
        I found some coverage on it here: 

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/12/22/2537580/all-eyes-on-bank-of-america-as.html

        I believe I also saw that Assange claims to have data from more than one financial institution.  Can someone verify that? 

       In the above, I do notice he didn't specifically name that one with the 5gb in question.  Other banks are reportedly acting uncomfortable about the prospect of the next release, in some ways that I'm not sure have been specified.  Apart from freezing funds or acting defensive with regard to Wikileaks, I mean.  Given how interconnected the world financial system is and given how big BoA is, I'm not sure that is particularly surprising...     

     There's a critical shot at Bank of America's PR responses here.  Includes a handy run-down of some of the major articles in the story (with links):

http://www.cnbc.com/id/40471184/Bank_of_America_s_Risky_WikiLeaks_Strategy
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Offline Shjade

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2011, 01:25:14 PM »
Disclaimer: I don't follow much news, really. I know almost zero about Wikileaks and Assange.

Thus, taking this basically out of context, Assange's statement seems a lot like the setup for blackmail/extortion to me.

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2011, 02:27:45 PM »
Disclaimer: I don't follow much news, really. I know almost zero about Wikileaks and Assange.

Thus, taking this basically out of context, Assange's statement seems a lot like the setup for blackmail/extortion to me.

Essentially that is the feel I get for it. That he's hoping whatever 'poison pill' he has will scare enough folks in the banking industry to pressure the Feds to keep from coming to get him (though they have no actual standing to get him, Senator Lieberman aside)

Offline Zakharra

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2011, 09:42:54 AM »
 If he does that, they can nail him for blackmail and extortion, since that's exactly what it is, if Assange said that and is planning to do it. I think that is an actionable crime internationally too.

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2011, 11:51:23 AM »
I'm still not sure it's a US count though. It would have to be prosecuted within the country that he made the 'statement' originally. And since he didn't NAME an specific institution personally, there is very little that can be done since there is no specifically named party to come forward to press charges.

Till he actually comes out and releases the data, and/or names specific corporate entities, officers or other such elements he's merely 'making statements'. No one has been named as of yet, so the threat has no direction as yet.

IE. Till he ACTUALLY comes out and does it, he's just 'blowing hot air'.

Offline VekseidTopic starter

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2011, 04:41:59 PM »
Essentially that is the feel I get for it. That he's hoping whatever 'poison pill' he has will scare enough folks in the banking industry to pressure the Feds to keep from coming to get him (though they have no actual standing to get him, Senator Lieberman aside)

That wouldn't explain BofA's seeming complete and utter ignorance of it, though.

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2011, 05:02:16 PM »
That wouldn't explain BofA's seeming complete and utter ignorance of it, though.

True but then since when has the boss' decisions had to make sense to folks on the street? (whether they do/or don't make sense at all_)

Offline Sandman02

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2011, 08:58:51 PM »
The fact that Bank of America immediately responded by taking a defensive posture and then buying up these domain names seems to be a tacit confession that they really do think that certain sensitive has been compromised.

Right?

If not, then Bank of America is doing it solely out of sheer idiocy.

Offline VekseidTopic starter

Re: Bank of America buying up hundreds of abusive domain names
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2011, 09:14:58 PM »
Well that they're buying domains for a random set of executives seems to suggest that they consider the threat at least somewhat credible, and don't have many ideas about what the contents are besides a very thoughtful analysis of publicly available information.