I finally decided today to dig deeper into the disappearance of the socketmail.com website.
I tried emailing several different email addresses on the @socketmail.com domain and received no response. I then went searching for who the current CEO of socketmail was and my search turned up a guy by the name of Shivam Parikh, who apparently is also the owner of RDOSTI.COM
So after doing a whois lookup on RDOSTI.COM I found Shivam’s email address and sent him an email asking about socketmail.com, and this is what he replyed with
Socketmail closed down since the owners did not want to renew with our company.
So there you have it. Not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds like socketmail is gone for good 🙁
What will become of all the socketmail related websites, like socketmailsolutions.com, socketmailthings.com, etc… which are now dominating the search engines for the keyword socketmail??
I have just been made aware that the socketmail.com website no longer exists. When I checked myself just now, it definitely wasnt showing the site it should be. The site that I was expecting to see is the one in the thumbnail dated 2010-04-21, which you should be able to see on the right.
Now, when I did a cached lookup on Google ( http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:FQW6NZKwfIMJ:www.socketmail.com/+socketmail&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au&client=firefox-a ), the below image is what I found. Their site has been like this since atleast the 27 May 2010, but sometime after 21 April 2010 (based on the thumbnail that was taken on that date).
I am not sure what has happened, but it almost looks like Socketmail forgot to renew their domain, and someone else has picked it up when it dropped. But that doesnt explain why it looks so dodgy.
Else, they were hacked 4+ days ago and they still havent realised. Anyone know how to contact the guys at Socketmail? For their take on the events.