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Who owns and operates monero.org?

Has there been any attempt by the Monero core team to gain control of that domain name? Has there been any evidence of malicious behavior from its owner or operator so far? Was getmonero.org chosen as the official domain only because monero.org was already registered?

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Yes, the core team chose getmonero.org as the best available domain at the time because the owner of monero.org never self identified or otherwise communicated with the core team. According to well known Monero community member Gingeropolous:

monero.org is owned and operated by an unknown party. They are apparently not part of the community because they haven't spoken up. Monero.org has been benign up to this point, but I wouldn't download anything from that site. My level of distrust stems from the fact that the cryptonote environment is relatively hostile (IMO, no one else could have performed the 201623 attack and, in general, the overall scam is hostile to the entire crypto community)

Based on the above should be no surprise that the domain registration is anonymous

Raw WHOIS Record Domain Name: MONERO.ORG Domain ID: D169443173-LROR WHOIS Server: Referral URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2016-07-20T16:33:55Z Creation Date: 2013-08-15T21:54:22Z Registry Expiry Date: 2017-08-15T21:54:22Z Sponsoring Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 146 Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientRenewProhibited Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited Registrant ID: CR175374311 Registrant Name: Registration Private Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC Registrant Street: DomainsByProxy.com Registrant Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309 Registrant City: Scottsdale Registrant State/Province: Arizona Registrant Postal Code: 85260 Registrant Country: US Registrant Phone: +1.4806242599 Registrant Phone Ext: Registrant Fax: +1.4806242598 Registrant Fax Ext: Registrant Email: MONERO.ORG@domainsbyproxy.com Admin ID: CR175374312 Admin Name: Registration Private Admin Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC Admin Street: DomainsByProxy.com Admin Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309 Admin City: Scottsdale Admin State/Province: Arizona Admin Postal Code: 85260 Admin Country: US Admin Phone: +1.4806242599 Admin Phone Ext: Admin Fax: +1.4806242598 Admin Fax Ext: Admin Email: MONERO.ORG@domainsbyproxy.com Tech ID: CR175374314 Tech Name: Registration Private Tech Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC Tech Street: DomainsByProxy.com Tech Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309 Tech City: Scottsdale Tech State/Province: Arizona Tech Postal Code: 85260 Tech Country: US Tech Phone: +1.4806242599 Tech Phone Ext: Tech Fax: +1.4806242598 Tech Fax Ext: Tech Email: MONERO.ORG@domainsbyproxy.com Name Server: NS71.DOMAINCONTROL.COM Name Server: NS72.DOMAINCONTROL.COM DNSSEC: unsigned

Last update of WHOIS database: 2016-08-25T05:35:08Z <<<

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