Who defrauded VPN.com?

Defendant in lawsuit says his email was hacked.

Masked thief at computer

Someone duped domain name brokerage VPN.com out of $250,000. But whodunit?

VPN.com sued “George Dikian,” a pseudonymous domain investor, last year claiming that he had defrauded VPN.com.

In the lawsuit, VPN.com hinted that Dikian might argue his email account was hacked to perpetrate the scheme. Now, Dikian has claimed just that.

In a recent motion, Dikian claimed that “two expert witnesses have confirmed that [Dikian’s] Yahoo! Mail account listed in public WHOIS records (g.dikian @ yahoo.com) was hacked into by a criminal that logged into that account from European service providers, in order to perpetrate the alleged fraud on Plaintiff.”

The claim is part of a request (pdf) by Dikian to not allow VPN.com to disclose his real name in any court filings. VPN.com is aware of his name, thanks to some subpoenas. Dikian said he’s been using his alias for 20 years to protect his privacy and property and doesn’t want it disclosed. He’s asking the court to allow him to continue the case using his pseudonym.

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