Nice catch by one of our members, Bill Hartzer. Definitely worth following this... and exercising caution as to where you do searches on domain names.
So, do you exercise caution when seeking out names? If so, where do YOU check that you consider safe?Godaddy, the domain name registrar, has apparently been caught registering domain names after someone has looked up the availability of a domain name. This guy claims that he looked up a domain name to see if that domain name was available. The domain name was available, but apparently he did not register the domain name that day. He came back a few days later to find that the domain name had been registered by, low and behold: Godaddy themselves.
As you might recall, Network Solutions was caught a while back registering domain names within seconds of a domain availability lookup–causing you to have to go register the domain name through them....
For full report see Source: Godaddy Caught Registering Domains Names After Availability Lookup | Bill Hartzer