Bertie Ahern in £1m porn scandal, while Serbian hackers go haywire

Get off my demesne

Cybersquatting has found a new lease of life with the arrival of www.bertieahern.com (specialising in teenage girls in uncompromising positions) and a dedicated group of Serbian hackers going for big-name sites. Irish premier Bertie Ahern is none too plussed, and was forced to raise the issue in the Irish Parliament. The site(and its sister site www.thetaoiseach.com) is a blatant attempt to get the concerned party to buy it out -here is very little material on the site and text is mostly restricted to how to buy the URL. It also prominently features a denial of an Irish Times story, claiming the site's owners had approached the Taoiseach, asking £1m for the web address. As they say, all publicity is good publicity. At the same time, Serbian hackers have gone on a huge dot.com sacking spree, nabbing, among others, Manchester United, Adidas, Viagra, Jamesbond, France, Italy the list goes on. The boys from Belgrade managed to hack into Network Solutions and register themselves as the owners of a whole range of different sites. Once there, they redirected email to a Hotmail account and changed DNS servers to an American ISP, causing a total loss of web services for the sites concerned. A flag page featuring a coat of arms and the title "Kosovo is Serbia" was displayed instead, with the message "Be happy if we hacked your site because we hack ONLY the best sites on the internet". Apparently, it also needs sponsors. See it here while you can. Most sites have wrestled back control, but bertieahern.com is still trading legitimately. While cybersquatting on brand names has been outlawed and such companies are allowed to put claim to the relevent URL, it is still lawful for anyone to register a site under someone's name. The mistake TransNames.com (the company behind bertieahern.com) made is that it asked too much - who is going to pay £1m for the URL of the Irish Prime minister? They are messing with the wrong people, especially considering the growing media interest. Why didn't it control its greed and walk away with £10,000? ® Related stories Hackers to wage war on Serbs

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