This post is slightly off topic, but I'd like to tap your collective wisdom on a problem I'm having with my personal site.
I've owned the domain markagreenfield.com since November of 2006. About a month ago, the site stopped working. After some investigating I found that someone else now owned the domain. I was able to transfer my site to another domain - markgr.com - but the damage is done. Traffic has disappeared. A year of work to get my site to the top of Google when you searched on my name is gone. Many people who followed my site are probably thinking I abandoned it.
For the first three weeks after this happened, when you went to markagreenfield.com it looked like my site, but it wasn't under my control. If you viewed the source code, there were hidden links to porn sites. For the last week or so, when you go to markagreenfield.com, you get an error message saying the site doesn't exist.
My hosting company assures me that they renewed the name in November, but I'm not sure I believe them. They have not been responsive at all. When I did a whois lookup when this first happened, the address given was fraudulent. Now it's obvious that I'm being blackmailed when I do a whois lookup: http://www.whois.net/whois_new.cgi?d=markagreenfield&tld=com
Any insight you can provide would be greatly appreciated. While I'm sure I have legal recourse, I'm not sure I want to spend the time and money. I just want my domain back!