The page now directs you to a holding page at Goneo, a web hosting company. The domain’s WHOIS entry now reads:
[Holder]<br /> Type: ORG<br /> Name: favo<br /> [...]<br /> Country: DE<br /> Remarks: ID #8616<br /> Changed: 2004-10-27T10:45:06+02:00
Favo’s website describes it as a company specialising in registering recently-expired domains. The company’s administrative contact — like Google.de’s right now — is one Mario Micklisch of Wiesbaden.
As Wortfeld reported, it’s fairly common for big online property owners to forget about their domains. Microsoft once had the same thing happen to Hotmail.co.uk, and WashingtonPost.com also got lost once.
Server Name: GOOGLE.COM.ZZZZZ.GET.LAID.AT.WWW.SWINGINGCOMMUNITY.COM IP Address: 22.214.171.124 Registrar: INNERWISE, INC. D/B/A ITSYOURDOMAIN.COM Whois Server: whois.itsyourdomain.com Referral URL: http://www.itsyourdomain.com Server Name: GOOGLE.COM.ZOMBIED.AND.HACKED.BY.WWW.WEB-HACK.COM IP Address: 126.96.36.199 Registrar: ONLINENIC, INC. Whois Server: whois.OnlineNIC.com Referral URL: http://www.OnlineNIC.com etc…
Update: Google.de seems to be pointing at Google again.