Alleged CyanogenMod extortion attempt results in new domain name and email address [UPDATE #2]

UPDATE: The accused party has emailed the CyanogenMod team and agreed to relinquish control of the domain. Although he had a much different story than what was initially posted by the CM team, he has decided not to voice his opinion, instead opting to “wash his hands and move on.”

UPDATE #2: Looks like the perp was telling the truth. Cyanogen himself just tweeted moments ago:

Some jaw dropping news coming out of the CyanogenMod camp this afternoon. No, the custom ROM we all know and love isn’t going anywhere. Well, actually… it kind of is.

The CM team released a blog post this afternoon revealing an alleged extortion attempt by a trusted member of the team that has resulted in the loss of and the official CyanogenMod email account. Before you freak out wondering where you’re going to get your next ROM fix, don’t let that scare you — the site has simply been moved to for the time being, with the new email being changed to

While details are still murky, it’s unfortunate that this sort of stuff happens to a organization of developers that simply want nothing more than to make Android better. The CM team made it clear they will be pursuing legal action against the alleged perpetrator, in the mean time you can still grab CM downloads from Get.CM.


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  • jak_341

    Scandalous. Right up there with the Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez break up.

    • Hans-Erik

      Who is Justin Bieber?

      • JRomeo

        I thought his name was Justin Beaver

        • Hans-Erik

          You are probably right. Maybe a better question is “Who is John Galt?”

          • LawrenceMcatee

            His name is JUSTICE BEAVER!

          • Matt Tanner

            Atlas Shrugged!

          • No_Nickname90

            Wait!! Is Atlas Shrugged the name or is that what Atlas is doing?

          • cwagner

            Atlas started reading that Ayn Rand book, shrugged and moved on to better books.

          • puppeteer23

            maybe if you’re a 19-year-old white kid.

          • lrohenaz

            that’s the ONLY question…

      • Jared Meyering

        Justice Beaver, the crime fighting beaver.

    • Quentyn Kennemer

      oh dear God

  • Nicholas Snowdeal

    That bastard. Glad we still have our CM goodness.

  • romma

    I have seen this happen to a great gun forum that used to read and participate on. The Highroad..

    • c4v3man

      And let’s face it, if you can get away with pissing off a bunch of “gun enthusiasts”, then you can get away with anything. But at least reading idle threats is entertaining!

      self-admitted gun enthusiast

      • romma

        LOL, How true…

  • lolwut

    Apple is behind this ಠ_ಠ

    • wrceuro


      • tmello56

        patent infringement suit pending

    • supremekizzle

      how’d you do the face?

      • Michael Hazell

        It’s a special character. There is a special away to type it in or you can just copy and paste it.

    • ingua2

      poor lil fella.. miss the xfiles?

    • Michael Hazell

      As much as I think this is funny, I really don’t think Apple had anything to do with this. Of course I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

      • lolwut

        Thinly veiled sarcasm dude

  • FreakFly

    Damn…. I hope this gets straightened out and the the person(s) responsible spend some time behind bars.

  • Thomas Jefferson II

    Just release his personal info. Considering the number of hackers this will upset, I think justice would be swift.

    • Frankie Abaddon

      CM doesn’t want revenge matter solved and they want to put it behind them. Read the update

  • aeok18109

    id like to know wth happened.

  • mikeclee

    General Petraeus is behind this!

    • Micha Ols

      You mean General Grevious.

  • YellowSnow

    Google’s behind this!

  • Havoc70

    String up the little Douchebag!

  • Crimsonshadow774

    We should tape his eyes open and smash every electronic he owns. lol

  • AndroidUser00110001

    Lets not forget there are 3 sides to every story. CM’s side, the accused side and then the truth ;-)

  • Weezer

    Bush’s fault……….

    • koolkat2

      Obamas disqus account?

      • Michael Hazell

        President Obama has a Disqus account? I would believe it’s real unless it was connected to his official Twitter or something that is confirmed to be his.

  • Ben Baranovsky

    And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for the meddling media. He wanted to extort on the down low.

  • c4v3man

    If Ahmet is to be believed, his statement to “sell” the domain may have merely entailed purchasing the registration (like with any domain). Unless there’s proof of a demand for $10,000, it’s probably best to assume nothing, and just move on.

  • ingua2

    Quite a few members would gladly have the name changed to EGOgenmod.

  • Michael Hazell

    If CyanogenMod owns the .org domain, why not get some sort of email services on the domain? You don’t have to use a @gmail address. You can get Google Apps or Windows Live Admin Center set up there and use that.

    • The Chosen One

      Because they already run a Google Apps for Business account on the .com domain, which is behind a LOT of other stuff they use.

      They’re working on having Google give it back to them.

  • peanutsrevenge

    Thanks for the continuing updates and good job tweeting the guy to let him know he could have a voice here if he wanted.
    Props to you!

  • toomuchgame441

    What does this have to do with Criminal Minds?

  • eclipsenyou

    This is what happens when geeky teens/early twenty yo kids that live with their parents throw a hissy fit and don’t get their way. It’s also why I’m very careful with which roms I put on my device. Who’s to know what kind of code they throw in there to look at/steal your information etc.