Ebrahim Zmehrir woke one recent morning and, as he always does, checked his email.
One from Go Daddy, the Internet domain registrar and website host, caught his immediate attention: ownership of ezq.com, which Zmehrir has owned since 1996, was about to be transferred. A second message, six minutes after the first, said the transfer was complete.
Someone from China using the name Baorui, it turns out, had gotten into Zmehrir’s Go Daddy account and taken over ownership of ezq.com, the domain name for Zmehrir’s EZQuest Inc., a retailer of computer parts and storage devices. The thieves swiftly put the name up for sale.
If you want to find the Miami Police online, you’d probably type in miamipolice.com, right?
While the Miami Police Department owns several web domains that all route to one official website, the department lost its most logical domain name, miamipolice.com, when they did not pay to renew it two years ago, according to an email from the Miami Police Department I.T. division sent to NBC Miami by the police media relations office.
“We owned miamipolice.com for one year only and opted not to renew because we didn’t actively use it and budgets were tightening,” the statement says.
The cost to renew a domain? $35.
Despite several warnings two years ago from a concerned citizen who follows domain auctions that the domain miamipolice.com was about to expire and go to auction, no action was taken. So it was bought by an out-of-state cybe…