HSC.com domain name stolen
Technology company lost its domain name in the middle of December.
Someone at communication technology company Hughes Systique Corporation must have had a rough holiday.
The company, which is part of satellite company Hughes Communications, says its HSC.com domain name was stolen from its Go Daddy account around December 14.
It has so far been unsuccessful in getting the domain name returned.
Hughes filed an in rem lawsuit (pdf) against the domain name on December 27. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, which is the jurisdiction for the .com registry Verisign. [Update: the judge ordered the domain transferred back to Hughes.]
According to the suit, the company has not been able to communicate with the person who stole the domain name. It also says that Chinese domain registrar eName, where the domain name was transferred to, has refused to return the domain name to its Go Daddy account.
While it’s unclear how the domain name was stolen from Hughes’ account, many cases of domain theft can be prevented by using two-factor account authentication. In this case it appears the domain name was managed by an employee in Hughes’ India office. Go Daddy does not yet support two-factor authentication in India.