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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Alert : BullShitWebsites.com has been stolen

BullShitWebsites.com, the domain of investor Chris Goh, has been stolen. The active domainer who often comments on blogs using the “BullS” moniker, contacted us about this unfortunate situation. “… found out that someone from China stole my BullShitWebsites.com doman plus some of my 4l at hostgator account. Working with hostgator to get them back.” It […]

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Alert : Cache of 115 LLL .com domains stolen from their owner

In what appears to be the largest theft of three letter .com domains ever, a cache of 115 LLL .coms were reported stolen from their owner. Domain investor, Qiang Du, who is a California resident, lost control to the valuable domain portfolio, after his AOL email account was compromised. The list of LLL .com domains […]

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Editorial : Scams, spam and stolen domains

September is upon us, time for the monthly DomainGang Editorial. It’s been an interesting year thus far, and Q4 of 2016 will help define many trends for next year. Several important new gTLDs are set to launch until the end of the year: .Games, .Blog and maybe dot .Web. If you’re either a “poor student” […]

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NameCheap : Bugging domainers until two factor authentication is added!

One’s choice of domain registrar is quite personal. We rarely use NameCheap, as we consolidate our domains elsewhere. Still, NameCheap offers good value for domain investors and it provides an easy to manage domain platform. NameCheap also offers discount coupons and deals quite often, via Twitter. Having recently logged in to our NameCheap account, we […]

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Chinese domain market report : Would you buy aftermarket domains from China?

During the past 2 years, the Chinese domain market has exploded with activity. While self-sufficient, China’s domain investors more often buy domains from Westerners liquidating their domain portfolios. This is particularly common with short, “coinage” domains, particularly the “Chip” kind. Chinese domainers then trade these domains among themselves. It’s not uncommon for a domain to […]

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Recovered domain : Omed.com is no longer stolen

Reclaiming a domain that has been stolen can be complicated; in the case of Omed.com, the process involved GoDaddy and a Russian domain thief. As we reported in June, Omed.com was stolen from a GoDaddy account and was transferred to one of Russia’s largest registrars, Reg.ru. We can now report that Omed.com is no longer […]

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XMY.com domain UDRP lost, amidst domain theft allegations

The domain XMY.com has been challenged in a UDRP, by its former owners, who allege that it was stolen. The WIPO case was decided in Chinese, as both the Complainant and the Respondent are in China. The Complainant alleges that the domain was stolen from its possession around August 2013, and currently operates from XMY.so […]

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DomainTools rolls out Domain Pre-Crime software add-on

DomainTools, the quintessential tool for domain research, is participating at Black Hat 2016, the security expo event – at booth #472. Today, second and final day of the infosec event, DomainTools is rolling out new research software addressing the issues of domain theft and cybercrime. “A lot of domain investors are familiar with Iris, our […]

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Web800.com : One of the earliest cases of ICANN-reported domain theft

Domain theft is a crime. Stealing domains amounts to removing a valuable asset that belongs to someone else, and it’s no different than stealing a car, for example. For many years, domain names have been stolen, and overseer ICANN does not currently offer the type of domain ownership record, or title, made available to owners […]

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Domain crime : GMF.com is a stolen domain name

The three letter domain GMF.com was recently auctioned at Sedo, and the winning bid was for $36,000 dollars. Unfortunately, the domain has now been reported as stolen. The real owners, GMF, Inc. is a Virginia corporation, having held the domain for years. The Sedo auction’s winner, domain broker, James Booth, communicated with the real owners […]

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Stolen domain names : What is the Sedo policy?

Domain names that get stolen can bring devastating losses to their owners; in the meantime, cybercriminals that engage in domain crime activity attempt to reap great profits. The proliferation of domain theft is a serious reality, and although there is a monetary incentive that propels such criminal activity, it is being addressed in a fragmented […]

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