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Whaddya know the First known arrest for domain name theft?

Not until last July 30, 2009 when New Jersey State Police Cyber Crime Units arrested Daniel Goncalvez on charges of stealing domain name.

"Detectives charged Daniel Goncalves, 25, of Union Township, with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft of identity, and computer theft, all crimes of the second degree.

Troopers also executed a search warrant at his residence. The arrest and search warrant were the culmination of a State Police investigation into the theft of, an Internet domain name. A large volume of business and computer records relevant to the alleged domain name theft were seized.

Goncalves was processed and released on $60,000 cash bail pending court." (2009,

After reading this news posted in, I'm curious to know the buyer of domain name. A quick internet search and find out it was Mark Madsen (NBA Clippers Forward, formerly member of Lakers). He is an active domain name entrepreneurs and investors while playing professional basketball. As of this date, he currenly own 3,336 domain names under his name. Here's a short list of his sold portfolio, (sold for $6,100 in eBay),,,, etc.

I think he is selling at this time.

"Daniel Gonclave, 25, of Union, N.J., is suspected of hacking into the account of's previous owner, transferring ownership to himself and then selling it to Madsen on eBay for $111,000. Although the domain name may have been illegally acquired, Madsen reportedly still owns it." (2009,

Mark Madsen is also active in blogging and twitting.

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