Recovered After 'Hijack' Attempt

John Sanford

LOS ANGELES — has recovered its domain, company attorneys confirmed to XBIZ on Thursday.

The company released this statement:

"We can now confirm that, one of the largest and top adult entertainment websites in the world, was recently “hijacked” by an unknown third party. was originally purchased in 2007 for $9.5 million making it the third most expensive domain of all time.

"Since learning of the hijacking,’s attorneys Corey D. Silverstein, and Paul Keating, with the assistance of Larry Walters have worked tirelessly to recover and return it to its rightful owner. is presently in transit back to domain registrar Moniker.

"The domain was recovered through the diligent efforts of's legal team, in cooperation with the registrars and Verisign. At no time did consider payment of any ransom or settlement fee to retrieve its rightful property.

"As a result of’s legal team’s efforts, despite the hijacker’s malicious attempt to steal, at no time was day-to-day business affected at and consumer experience was not impacted in the slightest.

" and its attorneys continue to conduct a detailed investigation into how this event occurred and intend to hold all responsible parties accountable for their actions.

"During this unfortunate event,’s attorneys utilized all available tools including but not limited to Mr. Keating initiating UDRP proceedings through the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). Additionally, was at all times poised to take aggressive legal action in the event that the registrar did not act quickly to remedy this blatant act of domain theft.

" thanks the countless individuals that offered assistance and did assist during this difficult event.

"All further media inquiries should be made by email and directed to Silverstein (, however, due to the continued investigation regarding this matter, no further information shall be provided at this time."