Symform, Inc. which was acquired by Quantum Corporation for $500,000 in 2014, registered 44 domain names at corporate domain name registrar MarkMonitor according to whois records yesterday, all relating to US presidential candidate Donald Trump in less than a flattering fashion.
Quantum Corporation is a publicly traded company on NYSE: QTM
Qauntum has a market cap of $207 Million. Both Symform and Quantum seem to be in the cloud storage business.
Donald Trump is a registered trademark
Trump is also a registered trademark
According to Verisign “Trump” was the 4th of the top 10 trending Keywords for .Com registrations for the month of August.
Some of the domain name registered yesterday refer to Trump as being a bully:
Several relate to “Insults”
In total, 44 domain names were registered by Daemon Le of Symform, Inc. whose parent company is Quantum Corporation according to Wikipedia. For some reason, many domain names are showing Roger Pies with a gmail email address firstname.lastname@example.org and I refresh the screen in DomainTools, then whois shows Symform, Inc. for some domains. Really odd.
Here is a whois screen shot of BullyTrump.com showing Symform Inc.
And showing Roger Pies prior:
None of the domains seem to be resolving as of publication.
Here are the 44 domain registrations:
Hyperbole is defined in the English dictionary as: exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Trumperbole is a fictional term. As is Trumphony.
Is one a bully by calling another a bully?
The whois switching was something I have never seen before. An initial report I viewed on DomainTools shows all of the domain names registered under Symform, Inc. but doing a manual whois several hours later on several domains revealed the Roger Pies personal name with the domain being registered at MarkMonitor. Some whois history records are showing Symform, Inc. Upon doing a screen refresh in DomainTools whois, would then reveal Symform, Inc. sometimes and Roger Pies at other times.
Daemon Le according to his LinkedIn page, does state that he no longer works for Symform, Inc. I was not able to connect Roger Pies to Symform.
In general, it is not illegal to put up a “gripe site” using a trademarked term and use a domain name like BullyTrump.com which was registered or the Trump.org website I wrote about not that long ago. One may question 44 domain name registrations by a publicly traded company and also what will they be used for.