Donald Trump Sues a Hacker from Brooklyn
Posted: April 3, 2013 by Maja Johnson
The famous reality show star and billionaire Donald Trump apparently had a free schedule and nothing to do, when he decided to sue a small time hacker from Brooklyn who lives in a two-bedroom apartment with his mom, for a sum that is considered "change" for him.
J. Taikwok Yung is sued by the billionaire for an amazing $400,000 for having used Donald Trump's name and opened websites that mainly spoke bad about Mr. Trump and his alleged businesses in Asia. When compared to the Donald Trump net worth of $2.9 Billion, $400,000 is really just a side project for Trump. The four website in question: trumpindia.com, trumpabudhabi.com, trumpbeijing.com and trumpmumbai.com were registered by Mr. Yung and spoke ill of the billionaire and his famous reality show "The Apprentice".
The sites were registered right after Mr. Trump and his son announced a future business investment in parts of Asia. It looks like Mr. Yung beat the Trumps to it and registered the sites before they did, which anyone could say is not hacking at all.
Before all this got to the courts, the billionaire offered Mr. Yung $100 for each site which the hacker immediately refused. Trump's next step was far more serious, as he went on taking the matters to the World Intellectual Property Organization, where after he presented his case he got the ruling in his favor.
Being faced with a penalty of $400,000 the 33-year-old hacker tried to file a counter suit against Mr. Trump, however the Brooklyn Court immediately dismissed the case. The Brooklyn Judge stated that Mr. Yung had violated the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act under which it is forbidden to register, use or misuse a name similar to a trademark or a person.
From the hacker's point of view, he is definitely not guilty for any of his actions as he is just a businessman as Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump on the other hand, remained silent on the matter, and resisted on commenting the case on his Twitter profile.