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Sun Mar 11, 2018, 12:02 PM

North Carolina politician says Russian bought her domain

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/north-carolina-politician-russian-bought-domain-53667633

A North Carolina congressional candidate says the website she used when she campaigned for another office is now owned by a Russian.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports a man listing a Russian residence bought the website address that Democrat Linda Coleman used when she ran for lieutenant governor two years ago.

The domain name's owner is listed as a Moscow man. The newspaper said the phone number tied to the account's owner doesn't work and emails weren't returned.

Coleman said she didn't know why the Russian-based website was created and urged other political candidates "to be vigilant." Her campaign has contacted the FBI about the matter.

Coleman is seeking her party's nomination to challenge incumbent Republican George Holding in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District in the Raleigh area.


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MrsCoffee Mar 2018 OP
dalton99a Mar 2018 #1
wishstar Mar 2018 #2
Egnever Mar 2018 #3
MrsCoffee Mar 2018 #4
Egnever Mar 2018 #5

Response to MrsCoffee (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 12:05 PM

1. Kick

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Response to MrsCoffee (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 12:07 PM

2. Russians are busily working to sabotage Dems in next election nt

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Response to MrsCoffee (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 12:10 PM

3. Why did she let it go?

 

the cost to hold a domain is peanuts. Domain camping is a thing. People make a living buying domains that others might want some day. There are actual trackers on domains that are about to expire that folks keep an eye on to snatch up as they come available.

http://www.expireddomaintracker.com/

It is certainly possible it was russian skulduggery that bought this one but if she wanted to keep it it would have cost her peanuts.

It happens often it even happened to google recently.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/29/technology/google-domain-purchase/index.html

The guy who bought Google.com from under Google's nose

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Response to Egnever (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 12:22 PM

4. "I let it lapse because I started running for Congress. And I no longer needed that domain,"

I'm assuming that she didn't realize that domains don't vanish into thin air when you let them expire.

She said she found the old site by googling her name.

http://abc11.com/politics/nc-congressional-candidate-warns-of-russian-meddling-on-her-campaign/3195512/

Coleman says she was not aware the old site for her Lt. Governor campaign still existed.

"I let it lapse because I started running for Congress. And I no longer needed that domain," she explained.

Coleman said she contacted the FBI, State Board of Elections and the Department of Justice about the matter.

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Response to MrsCoffee (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 10:14 PM

5. I agree with this

 

"This isn't a hacker. This is a Cialis ad," said Thomas Mills, a consultant to the Romley for Congress campaign. "If Ms. Coleman can't remember to renew her web domain, I'm not sure we should trust her to protect us from hackers or Russian campaign meddling."

Makes me question her ability to do things like legislate on net neutrality.

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