Domain theft : Should you wait to report your domain got stolen?

Domain theft is a serious crime. Investors losing domains to cybercriminals in elaborate hacking incidents or phishing attacks, have a narrow window of opportunity to respond. In the past, we’ve covered cases where domain names were identified as stolen weeks and months after the incident. Typically, the delay is due to the owner’s lack of […]

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Domain crime : 4504.com is currently a stolen domain name

The owner of 4504.com contacted us about his current plight; the domain has been stolen from his eNom account. Rasesh Tanna, an Indian entrepreneur, operates Indentors.in, a Mumbai company. Regarding the domain theft of 4504.com, Mr. Tanna stated: “I’m the owner of 4504.com , this domain was in my possession for the last 5+ years. […]

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Two new Domains attempt to phish PayPal accounts

Two newly registered domain names are making the rounds in emails, attempting to lure victims into a typical PayPal fraud scheme. The domains are wsswwsss.net and wwsawwssww.net, registered two days ago at the French domain registrar, Netissime.com. Phishing emails pose as legitimate requests from popular financial portals, such as PayPal, and gather the login credentials […]

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Domain name hijacking: How to slam the door on potential thieves

This year we’ve seen an exponential increase in domain name hijacking and theft, all thanks to a requirement by ICANN for registrars to verify WHOIS information. Domain theft is rampant in countries that the US legal system cannot comfortably reach, such as China and Russia. What can domainers do to prevent the loss of their […]

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Update: YN.com no longer a stolen domain; was returned to FMA

The premium two letter .com domain, YN.com, has been returned to its legitimate owner, Future Media Architects. As part of a cache of domains stolen at Moniker during a much-reported mass breach of accounts, YN.com was frozen at Name.com where it was transferred by Egyptian domain thieves. Currently, the process of reclaiming one’s stolen domains […]

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Moniker returns stolen domain Busy.com to Future Media Architects

There is nothing but silence coming from Moniker, after the revelations of a mass account hacking resulting in several domains being stolen. Some of these domains belonged to the portfolio of Future Media Architects, the company founded by domain investor Elequa. While YN.com and BIT.com remain frozen from any updates and transfers at Name.com, there […]

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Several valuable domains reportedly stolen from Moniker accounts

Following on the heels of a recent password reset at Moniker, comes the apparent theft of domains from Moniker accounts. We were contacted by a party that wants to remain anonymous at this point, involving the theft of several valuable domains that they own; these are numerical and LLL .coms. After some research, it’s evident […]

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“Dumb Americans” buying stolen domain names

Let’s face it: the times of great deals regarding the so-called “coinage domains“, are long gone. Back in 2004-2006 one could still get great deals for LLL .com and LLL .net domain names at various domain forums. The definition of a “great deal” is subjective, but anything under $2,500 for a LLL .com and $300 […]

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Success! Stolen domain WTD.com returned to rightful owner

“All’s well that ends well.” This Shakespearean play title would perfectly suit the case of the (formerly) stolen domain name, WTD.com. After reporting WTD.com as stolen in February and alerting the domain community, the legitimate owner established a due process that despite his legal background took several months to complete. At the time, WTD.com was […]

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Stolen domain name Gmix.com changes hands once again

We’ve been tracking the status of domains we reported and documented as stolen in the past; one of them is Gmix.com – a domain that was stolen along with others from its Norwegian owner. Unlike the rest of the stolen domains from the same batch that were still at Moniker, this domain had its contact […]

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Stolen domain update: WTD .com frozen at GoDaddy

In February of this year we disclosed that the domain name WTD.com has been stolen from its rightful owners, via a proxy method. That method, however simplistic as it might be, involves the recreation of the managing email for that domain, if it belongs to a domain that expired. The current holder of WTD.com not […]

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Bob “Juice” Bokowitz: The life of a Digital Asset Criminal – Part 2

In the first part of this open series, career criminal, Bob “Juice” Bokowitz, described how he used social engineering in order to infiltrate the accounts of unsuspected suburbanites. Part 2 takes on the domainer universe and its microcosm of scammers and snake-oil peddlers. Bob “Juice” Bokowitz explains: “For years, I kept an eye on domain […]

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