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whois gox.com

    Domain Name: GOX.COM
    Registry Domain ID: 816800_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
    Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
    Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
    Update Date: 2014-02-24 17:29:44
    Creation Date: 1997-10-09 23:00:00
    Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-10-08 23:00:00
    Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
    Registrar IANA ID: 146
    Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@godaddy.com
    Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.480-624-2505
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
    Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Registry Registrant ID:
    Registrant Name: Mark Karpeles
    Registrant Organization: Tibanne Co. Ltd.

The update date on that and this document recommending an insane and utterly ineffectual rebrand caused me to revise my opinion of its accuracy from "Oh please, nobody, not even Gox, is that stupid" to "I think today will be a very interesting news day."

Hmmm I still think it is a hoax, and a way for someone intelligent to earn a lot of money by manipulating bitcoin prices... The release in April 1st? Domain registered hours ago? Algo mtgox.com is registered in 1api. I don't see why they would switch registrars only for this, and there is a post in Mark Karpeles' blog accusing GoDaddy of shitty security practices: http://blog.magicaltux.net/tag/godaddy/

Also, if I were on that situation and soundly advised I wouldn't touch a US based registrar for my new domain even with a 10 foot Bitpole.

gox.com was registered in 1997; it's just the record that was updated today.

Of course, its a three letter domain name, it has been transfered. Someone transfered it today, I'm saying that person is not Mark Karpeles because he is using GoDaddy.

Maybe the domain was already with GoDaddy, and an inter-client push was just faster? I've taken domains at registrars I'd rather not use to ease things for the other party.

All the Whois details for gox.com point to Mark, including contact information and email. So if someone went through the trouble of buying a 3 letter domain to sway the market somehow, and made it look like it was now owned by Mark, they have effectively given the domain to mark as he could simply call up godaddy and use the details of the whois (his email, phone) to obtain full control.

So yes, Gox.com probably his now

Anyone can register a domain name and list whatever contact information they want, right? The money made through manipulating the market would certainly outweigh the cost of a 3 letter domain name.

However, MtGox also suspended trading at the same time the document was released, which adds to the likelihood the it is real.

Pinging the URL points to the same IP address as mtgox.com

Yes, but that is not informative. Without speculating on the current topic, the person who controls the domain sets both the registrant and the nameservers.

This does not prove anything. Anybody can point a domain to any IP address.

How hard would it be to fake that registration though?

Create burner email addresses, prepaid cards, etc and setup the domain. Sounds as plausible as all of the other MtGox conspiracies.

On a three letter domain name, that's at least six figures hard.

archive.org seems to indicate nothing of any value has used the domain in the last ~18 years

Did find this though, which was nostalgic https://web.archive.org/web/19961223071948/http://www.gox.co...

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As if hacking GoDaddy domains is particularly difficult.

MegaUpload became Mega, so why can't MtGox become Gox? Their slogan could be "you've been Goxed!"

A lookup on domaintools.com shows some older information:

  Domain Name: GOX.COM
  Registry Domain ID: 816800_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
  Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
  Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
  Update Date: 2014-01-21 18:29:05
  Creation Date: 1997-10-09 23:00:00
  Registrant Name: Andy Booth
  Registrant Organization: Booth.com
Booth.com is a domain reseller, which definitely suggests that somebody purchased the domain very recently.

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