Summary:

Fake news site with a misleading name and logo.  Much of the site’s content is nonsensical filler and appears to be computer generated.

Contact information for the site is listed as the headquarters of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Excerpts from a Washington Post interview with site owner Paul Horner:

My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.

 

I know ways of getting hooked up under different names and sites. So probably if they cracked down, I would try different things. I have at least 10 sites right now. If they crack down on a couple, I’ll just use others.

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WHOIS Info: (fetched January 2, 2018, 3:43 pm)
Domain Change Date
Domain Creation Date 2000-10-26
Domain Registrar .CO Internet, S.A.S.

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Domain Name: abcnews.com.co
Registry Domain ID: D70484208-CO
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.eurodns.com
Registrar URL: whois.eurodns.com
Updated Date: 2017-10-31T17:01:51Z
Creation Date: 2015-10-26T21:56:34Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2017-10-25T23:59:59Z
Registrar: EuroDNS SA
Registrar IANA ID: 1052
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Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: pendingDelete https://icann.org/epp#pendingDelete
Domain Status: redemptionPeriod https://icann.org/epp#redemptionPeriod
Registry Registrant ID: C144705633-CO
Registrant Name: Horner Paul
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 402 North 10th Street
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Registrant City: Phoenix
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Postal Code: 85006
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +48.07750365
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Registrant Email: [email protected]
Registry Admin ID: C144705634-CO
Admin Name: Horner Paul
Admin Organization:
Admin Street: 402 North 10th Street
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Admin City: Phoenix
Admin State/Province:
Admin Postal Code: 85006
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +48.07750365
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Admin Email: [email protected]
Registry Tech ID: C144705635-CO
Tech Name: Horner Paul
Tech Organization:
Tech Street: 402 North 10th Street
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Tech City: Phoenix
Tech State/Province:
Tech Postal Code: 85006
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +48.07750365
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Tech Email: [email protected]
Name Server: ns2.parkco2.neustar.biz
Name Server: ns1.parkco2.neustar.biz
Reservation Eligibility Start Date: 2018-01-03T06:46:56Z
Reservation Placed: No
Reservation Eligibility End Date: 2018-01-07T06:46:56Z
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2018-01-02T15:43:56Z <<<

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