Web designer David Airey has succeeded in recovering his domain after hackers exploited flaws in Gmail to trick his hosts into authorising a fraudulent transfer.
Airey’s woes began when he took his girlfriend for a month-long holiday to India on 21 November, a trip he mentioned in his blog. The holiday was a break from work and he only occasionally checked his emails.
All seemed well until shortly before his return when Airey received an email from a friend informing him that his website, Davidairey.com, had “disappeared”.
At first Airey thought he’d made a mistake and allowed his domain name to expire and a domain poacher had snapped it up before he got the chance to renew it. Subsequent digging revealed a darker truth: hackers had posted a bogus transfer request on his web host support panel the day Airey left for India.