Mayor calls web­site takeover by porn site ‘ex­tor­tion’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - The Cana­dian Press

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.

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