Cyanogenmod.com domain held hostage

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The Cyanogenmod team lost control of there .com domain over when a team member was confronted for impersonating another for personal gain. The Cyanogenmod team refused to identify the former team member out of respect for his personal well being and future career.  According to the blog post a former unnamed team member had control of the .com domain and demanded a $10,000 ransom in return.  The Cyanogenmod team refused to pay the ransom, but instead began using Cyanogenmod.org as their primary domain.

The Cyanogenmod team successfully talked down the individual in question.  The ex-team member agreed to retain control of the .com domain, but instead 301 redirect it to their new .org domain name.  The Cyanogenmod team is insisting that there be no retaliation toward the ex-team member because of his actions.

Kudos to the Cyanogenmod team for their cool heads in such a outrageous situation.  They have stated they learned their lesson and will restructure the team to prevent one person from having full control of any one asset.  In addition they advised the members on the Cyanogenmod community to not take any action toward the ex-team member, as they are pursuing all legal avenues to regain control of all their domain and email systems.

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