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The data trail of the Fake me at Demo


I received an e-mail from the company that oversaw registration at the Demo conference—where a fake Steve Baker circulated under my name. From the looks of things, he set up a BusinessWeektech domain. And he gave a phone number that connects to an answering service where a foreign-accented voice pronounces my/his name. To top it off, according to Bill Baker, a commenter on the previous post, this imposter even borrowed $20 in my name.

Question: Is this just of anecdotal interest, or a sign of a more troubling trend? Anything I (or BW) should do?

I’ll paste the domain registration data about this person under the fold. Don’t want to waste space with it. But if someone sees interesting facts or leads from it, please enlighten me.

Following is the domain registration info for businessweektech.com. It was apparently registered through a company called "One and One," which is owned by a European company, Schlund+Partner. I got it from Network Solutions' "whois" database.

% The data in the WHOIS database of Schlund+Partner AG is provided by

% Schlund+Partner for information purposes, and to assist persons in

% obtaining information about or related to a domain name registration

% record. Schlund+Partner does not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting

% a WHOIS query, you agree that you will use this data only for lawful

% purposes and that, under no circumstances, you will use this data to

% (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission by e-mail, % telephone, or facsimile of mass, unsolicited, commercial advertising % or solicitations to entities other than the data recipient's own % existing customers; or % (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that send queries % or data to the systems of any Registry Operator or ICANN-Accredited % registrar, except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or % modify existing registrations.

% Schlund+Partner reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.

% By submitting this query, you agree to abide by this policy.

domain: BUSINESSWEEKTECH.COM

created: 27-Sep-2006

last-changed: 27-Sep-2006

registration-expiration: 27-Sep-2007

nserver: ns51.1and1.com 74.208.2.8

nserver: ns52.1and1.com 74.208.3.7

status: CLIENT-TRANSFER-PROHIBITED

registrant-firstname: Oneandone

registrant-lastname: Private Registration

registrant-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. - http://1and1.com/contact

registrant-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300

registrant-street2: ATTN: businessweektech.com

registrant-pcode: 19087

registrant-state: PA

registrant-city: Chesterbrook

registrant-ccode: US

registrant-phone: +1.8772064254

registrant-email: proxy443730@1and1-private-registration.com

admin-c-firstname: Oneandone

admin-c-lastname: Private Registration

admin-c-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. - http://1and1.com/contact

admin-c-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300

admin-c-street2: ATTN: businessweektech.com

admin-c-pcode: 19087

admin-c-state: PA

admin-c-city: Chesterbrook

admin-c-ccode: US

admin-c-phone: +1.8772064254

admin-c-email: proxy443730@1and1-private-registration.com

tech-c-firstname: Oneandone

tech-c-lastname: Private Registration

tech-c-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. - http://1and1.com/contact

tech-c-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300

tech-c-street2: ATTN: businessweektech.com

tech-c-pcode: 19087

tech-c-state: PA

tech-c-city: Chesterbrook

tech-c-ccode: US

tech-c-phone: +1.8772064254

tech-c-email: proxy443730@1and1-private-registration.com

bill-c-firstname: Oneandone

bill-c-lastname: Private Registration

bill-c-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. - http://1and1.com/contact

bill-c-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300

bill-c-street2: ATTN: businessweektech.com

bill-c-pcode: 19087

bill-c-state: PA

bill-c-city: Chesterbrook

bill-c-ccode: US

bill-c-phone: +1.8772064254

bill-c-email: proxy443730@1and1-private-registration.com

% See http://registrar.schlund.info for information about Schlund+Partner AG

The previous information has been obtained either directly from the registrant or a registrar of the domain name other than Network Solutions. Network Solutions, therefore, does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.


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