(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – On Monday, Koch Industries filed a lawsuit in Utah seeking the names of people behind a phony website and news release. The fictitious announcement claimed the company had changed its policies to support environmentally beneficial changes.
The non-governmental environmental organization, Greenpeace claims that Koch is financing efforts to discredit climate change.
Reports say that Koch filed the lawsuit in Utah courts because the persons responsible registered the domain and hosted the phony website in the state.
U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball granted a motion by Koch to expedite the process of revealing the names of the people from Bluehost, Inc (where the site was hosted) and Fast Domain (where the domain was registered).
The lawsuit claims that someone created a website using the domain koch-inc.com, and designed it to mirror Koch’s official website at kochind.com. The persons responsible also released news that featured links to the fake website.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the news release sent out said, “Based on recent internal evaluations of Koch Industries priorities, the company will be restructuring its support of climate change research and advocacy initiatives and will discontinue contributions to groups whose positions on climate change no longer match those of the company’s leadership.”