Law Firm Accused of Cyberattack in Domain Dispute
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Steptoe and Johnson, a leading Washington, D.C., law firm, is accused of trying to settle a domain dispute by launching a cyberwar against a cybersquatter that registered its name.
Moore has filed a lawsuit in US District Court against Steptoe, alleging that the law firm repeatedly attempted to hack into its server in August and later launched a denial of service attack against it. The complaint also alleges that a Steptoe employee used a hijacked Internet account to post a message in newsgroups defaming Moore.
Moore is seeking 10 million dollars in damages against Steptoe.
"If they contended that my client violated the Lanham Act or was a cybersquatter, there are legitimate means to take care of that. But hacking and denial of service attacks are not part of the legitimate means of dealing with it," Sweetland said.
A speculative cybersquatter, Moore has also registered several other domains that include the names of well known law firms, including kpmgpeatmarwick.com and kirklandellis.com.