Man held former company’s name for ransom and redirected it to porn site.
An Arizona man has been sentenced for redirecting his former company’s domain name to a porn site.
Travis Tso worked for an IT company in Phoenix. In 2011 he renewed an account for the company with GoDaddy.
Fast forward to 2015, when the company decided to update its contact information with GoDaddy. The company reached out to Tso and asked for the account login info. According to the statement Tso made in a plea deal, Tso lied and told them he didn’t have it.
He then changed the contact info on the account several times and made changes to the account so the website was redirected and email didn’t work. He asked the company for $10,000 if they wanted the domain back. When they refused, he redirected the domain to a porn site.
Tso was sentenced Monday to four years of probation and will pay $9,000 restitution.
While someone at a company has to have registrar login credentials, it’s important to have security protocols in place to make sure this type of hijacking doesn’t happen. Also, the domain shouldn’t be registered in the name of an employee.