Internet identity theft

April 29, 2010 3:05 PM

I used to have a site that I used for my design business, but I long ago let the domain expire since I wasn’t interested in maintaining 2 separate web identities. Unfortunately, I never imagined that there would be people low enough to actually scrape down my entire site, purchase the expired domain, and then continue hosting the site as if it were mine but with the addition of spam links.

Nor did I believe that it would prove to be nearly impossible to take the site down. It contains my intellectual property, including my (now long outdated) portfolio and resumé, and even my email address and phone number. The domain is now registered in Russia, hosted by some faceless hosting company, and all of the domain contact information is being protected by Privacy Protect. At this point there seems to be no recourse but to let this die a natural death, but it pisses me off that people are going to think this lousy, spammy site is actually mine.