Corporate crime: Don’t fire your employee before you secure your domain assets

A domain was reported stolen at GoDaddy, after a company’s former employee took control of it and changed the password and even the account’s PIN. The distraught business owner, shared his plight on the GoDaddy support forum: I own a business with my family name and As well as a work email and website. An […]

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HyphBot : Ad scam used 34,000 domains to reap $500,000 dollars daily

A sophisticated scam involving 34,000 domains reaped up to $500,000 dollars in advertiser’s traffic, a day! Bot traffic driven by cybercriminals created more than a million URLs, in an attempt to fool advertisers into buying ad traffic that supposedly originated from big publishers. This technique is called “domain spoofing,” and the bot traffic was then […]

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Homograph IDN domain phishing attack steals Ethereum tokens

A phishing attack targeting users of MyEtherWallet.com used an IDN “homograph” domain to facilitate an Ethereum theft. The IDN domain used a letter “t” that belongs to a different character set, which is visually identical to the Latin character, except for a distinguishing line or dot underneath it. Registered just a few days ago, the […]

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F45.com is a stolen domain that belongs to photographer Rolfe Horn

The domain F45.com is stolen, and it’s an asset that belongs to a famous photographer, Rolfe Horn. Strangely, it was recently involved in a UDRP case filed by an Australian fitness company, F45 Training Pty Ltd, that tried to acquire it from the current registrant, for $15,000 dollars. The only snag: the seller, Oleksandar Shapoval […]

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Domain crime : .XYZ and .Online registries pull the plug on offending domains

Earlier this week, we reported on a number of new gTLD domains that were being used to facilitate tech support scams. Operating from India, the scammers used a number of mostly .XYZ and .Online domains to target their victims. The .XYZ Registry intervened quickly, terminating those offending domains, and several more. Per their abuse department: […]

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Tech support malware : Scammers prefer .ORG, .XYZ and .Online domains

Scammers posing as tech support resolving malware attacks, have a preference for .ORG, .XYZ and .Online domains. A recent article by Malwarebytes Labs, researched how “tech support” scammers abuse native ad provider, Taboola, to serve such tech support scam ads. How does this work: Ads are bought on Taboola, serving links to web sites that […]

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Premium three letter .com domain name, SOT.com, is no longer stolen

It’s great news for the Finnish owner of the premium three letter .com domain, SOT.com. The domain was stolen from Wille Kuutti’s Dotster account a few days ago, by a cybercriminal who has been involved in numerous domain thefts. Mr. Kuutti has confirmed that SOT.com is no longer stolen, as the gaining registrar, Nominalia, transferred […]

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Sedo removes stolen domain SOT.com from its marketplace

Sedo removed the stolen domain, SOT.com, from its marketplace, and terminated its auction. As we reported yesterday, the owner of SOT.com reached out to us with information about the domain’s unlawful transfer away from Dotster, to Spanish domain registrar, Nominalia; the owner is working on getting the domain back. According to our research, the domain […]

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Domain crime : SOT.com is a stolen domain name being auctioned at Sedo

The domain name SOT.com has been hijacked, and its legitimate owner notified us that it’s being auctioned off at Sedo. The current bid is $20,000 dollars. The cybercriminal selling off the domain has altered the email address of the legitimate owner, and added bogus information. From the looks of it, the thief appears to be […]

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Domain scam uses previously registered domain names and a sob story

A new domain scam is making the rounds, and it involves domains that were registered previously, but which were then dropped. It works like this: You let a domain drop, and someone registers it and sets it up for sale for a relatively low price, for example $499 dollars. At that point, as the previous […]

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Bitcoin crime : Scammer attempted to sell domains he doesn’t own

Despite positive vibes in the domain industry about cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, they’re still being used to facilitate scams and other crime. A domain investor shared his plight on NamePros, about how he was scammed of 0.17 BTC (about $670 dollars) while trying to acquire the domain Kina.com. The seller, an individual from Turkey, claimed […]

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Sedo removes stolen domains OLP.com and FDE.com from its platform

Sedo removed the domains OLP.com and FDE.com from its selling platform, where they appeared with BIN prices between $20k and up to $28k. As we reported in the August domain theft report, OLP.com and FDE.com are stolen domains that belong to a portfolio of LLL .com’s that left the possession of their Japanese owner some […]

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