Domainking.NG : Police report asserts “terrorist angle” to Indian registrar’s activities

Domainking.NG, a self-styled domain registrar asserting to be Nigeria’s top choice, is in trouble; its founders were arrested by the Pune city police early in February, accused of a variety of charges. The company’s founders operated Domainking.NG from Punjab, in India, and the local police is now taking a “terrorist angle” to the charges. According […]

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“Small time domain broker” : A new name for an old disease

Domain spam is a disease, and serial spammers are seeking new introduction lines, getting more creative. As there is no certification about domain brokerage, just a loose definition of activities performed by a middle-person, domain spammers are now taking advantage of that. A recent flow of domain spam now uses the term “small time domain […]

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Romance scams : Happy Valentine’s day from the FBI

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the FBI seized on the opportunity to inform love-stricken social media users about the proliferation of “romance scams” around this day. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that the criminals who carry out romance scams are experts at what they do. They spend hours honing their skills and sometimes keep journals […]

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Indian cyber crime unit makes arrests in scam involving 40,000 domains

India’s Pune City Cyber Cell unit arrested several “fake website creators” known to be in possession of 40,000 domain names. In the document released by the police, there are references to “Hannu International Corp. Pvt. Ltd.” and “DomainKing.ng” – the latter as a pluralized typo. The fraudsters appear to have abused the name of the […]

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Domain crime : 6213.com is a stolen domain name

After several months of quiet time, Chinese domain registrar Ename.com emerges once again as the registrar of choice for the transfer of a stolen domain name. The domain 6213.com was stolen very recently, and was transferred away from GoDaddy.com. Says its legitimate owner, who is based in Hong Kong: “I spent hours reading many articles […]

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Chinese domain investors : 1 billion accounts leaked on the Dark Web

Domain investors from China should perform a thorough change of passwords across their social media accounts without delay. Details of more than 1 billion accounts from large Chinese service providers have been packaged and are being resold on the so-called “Dark Web,” an underground group of sites operating on the Tor network. According to a […]

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Soda Pop Review .com : Who is entitled to a lapsed domain’s content?

The original registrant of SodaPopReview.com is upset: Admittedly due to his own fault, he let the domain expire in late 2015. Apparently, whoever picked it up at the expired domain auctions of GoDaddy, ended up digging up the previous content and putting it live on the web site. Says the previous owner, at the GoDaddy […]

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New domain registration scam intends to spread malware, ransomware

A new domain registration scam is attempting to spread malware and ransomware via email. The emails, sent by cybercriminals in Russia and Ukraine, pretend to bear domain registration notices. The spear-phishing email reads: Whois Data Reminder <support@fromhost%> Dear customer: You have successfully registered ***.com. Order ID: [redacted] Domain registered date: 2017-01-09 Domain expired date: 2018-01-09 […]

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NameCheap promo for .US domains seeded spammer’s domain portfolio

An unscrupulous spammer, blasting millions of emails daily, is using cheap .US registrations at NameCheap for his mass spamming. When domain registrars offer domain registrations below the $1 dollar threshold, spammers reap the benefits. Hiding behind a Cloudflare proxy DNS, the cybercriminals are using hosts in Russia, Estonia and elsewhere. Just like in the case […]

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Domain crime : Russian domain thief sold Zawa.com via GoDaddy auctions

Stanislav Khramov is a Russian domain thief with ongoing activities going back several years. While a full exposé is in the works, this post is focused on the theft of Zawa.com, a domain that was stolen from its legitimate owner, Mr. Daniel Goodwin, in early 2016. As with many other cases Stanislav Khramov gained access […]

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Domain spammer using .TOP domains registered at Alpnames

A domain spammer is taking advantage of a current promo at Alpnames, registering dozens of .TOP domains and using them to send out spam. The unscrupulous cybercriminal is using Cloudflare to hide its current location. Dot .TOP ranked as the #3 most abused TLD by SpamHaus in early December; the current ranking raises it to […]

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Russian Methbot : Largest ad fraud operation earns $5 million daily targeting premium domains

Russian cybercriminals are making between $3 to $5 million dollars daily, by faking clicks on video ads. Operation Methbot was uncovered by cybersecurity firm White Ops. More than 6,000 premium domains were targeted and spoofed, and a huge network of bots fired clicks from US-based IP addresses that were obtained using fraudulent means. Released today, […]

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