IT whiz says he had no agenda buying Oz PM's website domain, despite biting makeover

If you buy the prime minister's personal website, you must know something about politics, right?

The man responsible for claiming Scott Morrison's domain license for $50 in an online auction has admitted being oblivious to the meaning of a by-election before becoming a viral sensation.

Melbourne IT whiz Jack Genesin was swamped with media offers after pouncing on Mr Morrison's website when the license expired in October.

By claiming scottmorrison.com.au and replacing all of the website content with a smiling picture of Mr Morrison and the cult song "Scotty Doesn't Know", Jack embarked on the ride of his life.

He initially toyed with making crude representations of Mr Morrison, including uploading pornography, but settled on a tune that became famous in the 2004 teen comedy "Euro Trip".

While the song by American band Lustra was the perfect addition, he initially had another tune in mind.

"My first thought was obvious: put Sandstorm by Darude on auto-play in the background. Perfect," Jack wrote on digitaleagles.com.au, the website of his employer's company.

After news spread of the new prime minister's website getting an unexpected revamp, Jack had more than 30 requests for interviews filling up his phone.

"The intention was only to have a quick laugh, and in good faith. No hijacking, no political agenda," he said.

But rather than go down media street immediately, Jack got in touch with Mr Morrison's office with a clear message: "I don't want anything bad to come from it. Could you please get in contact to arrange a transfer of the domain back to you."

It only took about a day for the domain to return to the keeping of Mr Morrison's office.

By that time all content from the prime minister's original website had been shifted across to a new domain.

The old domain appears dead, with all clicks on it redirecting traffic to the new website scottmorrisonmp.com.au.

Jack said the takeover highlights the dangers of allowing domain licenses to expire.

A screenshot of scottmorrison.com.au on October 19, 2018, after Australia PM Scott Morrison's website domain was bought and revamped by Melbourne's Jack Genesin. Source: Wayback Machine Internet Archive


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