Posted by: Taylor Hoff | December 23, 2010

LGF – Bank of America: Our Execs Do Not Blow

Bank of America: Our Execs Do Not Blow

Charles Johnson
Technology • Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 8:56 am PST • Views: 1,158

Here’s an odd move from Bank of America; anticipating the release by Wikileaks of internal memos, BofA is preemptively registering hundreds of domain names that insult their executives.

As Bank of America awaits a possible release of information from WikiLeaks, it wants to ensure that you don’t think its executives suck. Or blow for that matter.

The company has been aggressively registering domain names including its Board of Directors’ and senior executives’ names followed by “sucks” and “blows”.

For example, the company registered a number of domains for CEO Brian Moynihan: BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com, BrianTMoynihanBlows.com, and BrianTMoynihanSucks.com. Just to be sure, it also picked up the .net version of these names and some .orgs as well.

I count hundreds of such domain name registrations on December 17 alone. They were registered through an intermediary that frequently registers domain names on behalf of large companies.

Some of the other names are for CFO Charles Noski, Chairman of the Board Charles Holliday, and board member Charles Rossotti (who is also Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group).

A pre-christmas WTF for everyone! What kind of message does that send, if BoA is trying to tie up domain names? If they’re already trying to do damage control, you KNOW the leak is gonna be juicy. And what a stupid way of going about it, too. Anybody with marginal computer experience can tell you that a 0 can substitute an O easily, and that everyone using google to find websites, not by typing in URL’s directly. Some IT guy, somewhere, is laughing his head off at how dumb his bosses are.

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