The CyanogenMod DNS Extortion

By Deane Barker on November 14, 2012

PSA: Transition to Seriously, folks, this is why you need to be very careful with who controls your DNS.

Refusing to be extorted for funds, and then being threatened is “ending it bitter”? Today, it happened: all of our [DNS] records were deleted, and is slowly expiring out of the Internet and being replaced by blank pages and non-existing sites. e-mail is now being directed to a mailserver completely out of our control, too.

The bottom line is this: the person that “owns” a website, is often the person that controls the domain name.  If all the public knows is the domain name, then a lot of the “goodwill” a website has is wrapped up in the domain.

For a technical site like this, it’s not so bad because the core visitors are tech savvy enough to figure out what happened and stay in touch with the community enough to adapt.  But for non-technical sites, the core visitors might just blithely continue visiting, not realizing that the DNS points somewhere completely different.

And, just like that, someone just “stole” your website…