Stop Thief! LA-Based Startup Lissn Has Domain Stolen

July 28, 2011

4:42 pm

Lissn, a startup that we covered in May when they demoed at our LA mixer, had their domain hijacked last week.  I think it’s safe to say that this is a company’s worst nightmare, startup or not.

From their blog:

Last Friday, through a compromised email address, someone hijacked and stole the domain.  After gaining access, they were able to transfer the domain to their own overseas registrar.  This happened shortly after sending out our newsletter, inviting our users to try the latest features.  The hackers redirected Lissn to a server in the Netherlands, kept our homepage, and replaced the login button with a message that read “Lissn is currently down for maintenance, sorry for any inconvenience,” further confusing visitors coming to try the latest features.

Because reclaiming a domain name can take months and thousands of dollars – luxuries beyond any startup – they moved Lissn to

If you are not familiar with Lissn, their service allows 3 people to chat with each other while any number of people can listen in.  Speakers and listeners are anonymous, save for 2 details about the speakers: general geographic location and where they came from (Twitter, etc.).

You can read the full blog post here.


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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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