New York Anti-Counterfeiting Law Firm Sues Canadian “Cyber Spy”

 

NEW YORK — a self-proclaimed Canadian “cyber security developer” who claims to be a member of Cyber Warfare and Russian Cybercrime Hacking and Information Warfare groups, was sued in federal court in Manhattan today.

Kenzie is accused of cybersquatting, trademark infringement, and unlawful interception of a law firm’s private electronic communications, in violation of numerous US federal laws.  The lawsuit seeks over $1M in damages, and a permanent injunction.

The Gioconda Law Group PLLC, a New York-based brand protection and anti-counterfeiting law firm, alleges that it recently discovered that Kenzie had registered the Internet domain name GiocondoLaw.com as a confusing misspelling of GiocondaLaw.com, the firm’s domain name and e-mail address.  The complaint alleges that Kenzie then intentionally constructed fake e-mail accounts to intentionally intercept private e-mails addressed to the firm’s lawyers and staff.

“We discovered the cybersquatting and sent several test Registered E-mail® messages through RPost® to see if they were delivered to the misspelled e-mail addresses, and indeed, they were received by active mailboxes,” said attorney Joseph C. Gioconda.  Gioconda also notes that Kenzie had initially tried to conceal his identity, but complaints to the Internet Registrar forced him to reveal himself.

According to the suit, Kenzie is similarly harvesting misspelled e-mails intended for recipients at many major corporations without their knowledge or permission, including MasterCard, McDonald’s, NewsCorp and McAfee, which creates software products to protect computers from viruses and malware.

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