posted on Feb, 18 2012 @ 03:45 PM
To begin with i run multiple online sites, some are right out there on the weird and fringe side of the internet and and some are there for my own
pleasure to practice code implementation among other things. I guess at my age you kinda get bored easily and want to challenge yourself beyond what
the average person would do.
As you can understand some of the sites require registration and others are open or in some form require inputting data for them to be activated, in
short, data mining. This is were it goes to hell.
At around the 14th i seen some really weird behavior going on, in and around the sites, a friend rang me regarding my domains and asking various but
not direct questions. Now given that i travel alot, i mean alot i was kinda in a time zone that was not local and thus my mind and body simply wanted
to rest. Without giving it any thought i simply told him what i wanted to say and went to bed. Several hours later, my cell begun receiving about
15-20 sms every 30mins regarding sites going off line and data disruption. Well you can imagine what happened to me at that second. So sure enough i
logged into the main server and seen that it was up and running but somehow main parts of site that require activation went off line, gone, knocked
off. I though oh great, here we are, someone had a field trip in the server.
About 10mins into looking at each network i seen an email that had been sent but did not see it because i was simply asleep. Now begins the journey
into my title.
Secret Service and Domain Site Seizures
As cerbral i found out that one of my providers for basic js functions had been seized by the secret service without any pre-warning what so ever, i
guess this is why they are referred to as the secret service. So without any more delays, you can begin reading the dilemma that i felt and thousands
of others like me had to endure while they straightened things out.
Late on February 15, JotForm lost access to jotform.com. The company soon discovered the U.S. government had seized the domain by lodging a request
with the site’s domain registrar GoDaddy. Soon after, it had been taken down.
Aytekin Tank, co-founder of Interlogy Internet Technologies, and owner of JotForm, later confirmed that he’d been in contact with the agent assigned
to his case at the Secret Service. She was busy and couldn’t look at the site for a few days. So millions of web forms and thousands of customers
were left without a service and no reason as to why this had happened.
Jump to today, and it looks as though jotform.com has been released. It is slowly coming back online and users can gain access to their forms again.
Either the Secret Service agent found some time and cleared the site, or the growing interest online as to why this had happened forced someone to
make the JotForm case a priority.
So what did happen? We have no idea, and neither does JotForm. The Secret Service is refusing to say why the domain was seized. All they will say is
that the process they used to seize it will be reviewed to make sure correct protocol was followed. In other words, JotForm will never know what
happened, and it could happen to them again, or any other site for that matter without any warning.
So people do take care as the world or should i say the cyber world is slowly evolving into a cannibal cyber world.