Augusta Economic Development Authority loses Web domain amid GoDaddy problems

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 1:36 PM
Last updated 9:36 PM
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If you head to the Web address for the Augusta Economic De­velopment Au­thority, you’ll instead see a site in Japanese that loosely translates to an interest in flier printing.

The authority spent the New Year’s holiday transferring to a new Web site and changing staff e-mail addresses after its domain registration company failed to renew, said Executive Director Walter Sprouse.

The authority is now at, a do­main that it already possessed, Sprouse said.

The loss of the old Web address seems to be a consequence of the Sept. 11 crash of GoDaddy, the site’s registration agent.

“It screwed up millions of e-mails for a day, including us,” Sprouse said. “What GoDaddy told us was that about 2,000 accounts did not get put back on the automatic renewal. And we were one of them.”

After the Web site didn’t renew on the day before Christmas, it was snapped up by another entity.

Sprouse said he didn’t know of the nonrenewal un­til his e-mails stopped and he checked with GoDaddy.

“Apparently this happens often, where someone will buy a domain name and holds onto it,” Sprouse said.

Someone affiliated with the hacking collective Anon­ymous claimed responsibility for taking down the Web hosting company for several hours Sept. 11. GoDaddy, which hosts about 53 million domain names, later claimed the issue was a series of internal network errors, not hacking.

GoDaddy is in the process of getting the old domain name back, but it will take the rest of the month.

Sprouse said the decision was made to transfer from the “.com” to the “.org” on Monday because the authority couldn’t go that long without a Web site or the ability to have e-mail.

Sprouse said the fortunate part of the mix-up is that it happened during the Christmas and New Year
holidays, the quietest part of the year for the authority staff.

“It had no impact on our operations … If it happened during a busy week in August, we would have been seriously affected,” Sprouse said.

When the authority reclaims, Sprouse said, the technical staff will set up a redirect to

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Riverman1 01/02/13 - 06:06 pm
Fastest Rising City in the Southeast

What's wrong with the fastest rising city in the southeast? Can't get its Economic Development Authority website working in a reliable way.

soapy_725 01/02/13 - 06:17 pm
And what data may have been lost?

Or compromised?

Young Fred
Young Fred 01/02/13 - 07:10 pm


Dixieman 01/02/13 - 07:35 pm
Dixieman has 10 billion points.

Looks like 2013 is going to be another typical year in Augusta.
What is wrong with the politicians and civil servants here??

OpenCurtain 01/02/13 - 07:57 pm
OK I waited and no one chimed in...


IS Augusta Economic Development Authority part of the
or a outside group that is funded using Tax Payer $$$?

If it is part of Augusta.GOV why have the added expense of a separate site? When all that is needed is a drop down section on

If it is an Taxpayer funded private Authority, then Who(m) keeps track of the domain Name registration in the IT Dept? Is the process so loosey goosey that they wait to be told their website name is being sold out from under them?

Even when GoDaddy got hosed on 9-11-12. Didn't any Augusta IT Department ISO (Information Security Officer) check the account upon learning there was a HACK of their Domain Holder to made sure it wasn't hijacked or the login data changed or compromised?

I have had 4 GoDADDY accounts. Each, as they started to expire 3 months out, had Godaddy starts pestering me if I want to renewal for every 2 or 3 weeks. The Week on each expiration I got at least 1 more reminder per domain name?

Something just does not fly with the given details of their story.

QUESTION: Why wasn't the site setup for auto renewal?

SOLUTION: Augustaga.GOV can contact ICANN and file a protest to request the name be returned to the original owner instead paying a NON-USING user Ransom for the Hijacking.

I know ICANN for a fact, will strongly consider such requests, having had a good friend who was a previous board member some years ago.

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