Mayor calls website takeover by porn site ‘extortion’
BARRIERE, B.C. — The mayor of a British Columbia town says she’s appalled that a pornography website acquired the Internet domain name for the local chamber of commerce soon after it expired. Virginia Smith says the chamber in Barriere believed the domain name was automatically renewed, only to learn too late that wasn’t the case. Smith calls the takeover extortion, adding the new owners of the site are demanding nearly $10,000 to remove the “horrible” content. The mayor says she learned of the “tragedy” from her staff after they logged on as usual. She says the Barriere Chamber of Commerce should have been far more diligent in protecting its domain name though she doesn’t respect anyone who posts porn on the site.