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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Negative eBay feedback for IDN peddler selling “three letter .com” domain

The seller of “суе” .com on eBay made it extremely difficult for domainer newbies to understand what they were bidding on. As an IDN domain, суе.com resolves to a puny code equivalent, xn--e1axg.com. Buried in an ocean of rambling about how domains are great investment opportunities, the fact that it’s an IDN three letter .com […]

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Someone just paid $510 for the “weed.com” IDN domain

Someone forked out $510 dollars for the IDN “weed” domain we covered yesterday. The eBay auction attracted 7 bidders, and 33 bids in total. Considering how the only way to view the domain is via copy/paste, five hundred bucks seems like a waste of money. Cherokee letters have been used in the past to pass […]

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Up in smoke: ᴡeed.com on eBay

We’re living in strange times, and several US states have legalized marijuana use. The market is wide open, and with that in mind, many domain investors are focusing on weed, marijuana, hash, cannabis, hemp, ganja and other related keyword domains. An interesting domain being auctioned on eBay is ᴡeed.com – and while the auction’s title […]

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Sex sells, so how much did ѕех.com sell for?

Sex sells, and on the Internet there is a massive amount of it. There is sex everywhere, even on Queen.com! Sedo auctioned off ѕех.com recently, and although this particular domain auction was for an IDN domain, it attracted lots of bids still. So how much did it end up selling for? After a total of […]

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Crap domains : IDN strings pretending to be premium .com

The trick is not new, and IDN domains have been used several times in the past in a way that distorts their intended purpose: to utilize words in different languages. Using “foreign” character sets other than Latin, IDN domains can be created by characters that visually resemble “English” words. Although Latin and IDN cannot be […]

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DNLocal : IDN domain forum about to close down

After 7 years of actively covering the IDN domain community, DNLocal is closing down tomorrow. Covering the international domain market, with dedicated subforums on French, Portuguese, Swedish, Greek, Russian, Israeli, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese domains, DNLocal has been the “baby” of Jose Augusto. “I will be moving one and turning dnlocal.com forum off tomorrow. It has been […]

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Domainer profile : Jose Augusto – From ccTLD and IDN domains to apps

Portuguese domain investor, Jose Augusto, has been involved with the IDN and ccTLD domain markets for several years. When the dot .ES ccTLD became deregulated, he became infatuated with the opportunity to invest in “domain hacks“, domains where the keyword and TLD combined form a single word. His recent sale of the domain Freebi.es for […]

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Garbage domains : Pseudo IDN domains lambasted at NamePros

NamePros member Wot is well-respected domainer, strategically investing in IDN domains. Stationed in Thailand, Wot has discovered and pointed out a large cache of pseudo-IDN domains, currently being offered on Sedo and other marketplaces. According to Wot: “They are shown as IDN but they are simply mixed script, English and other languages cobbled together, to […]

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Obnoxious pimp of ‘Cherokee letter’ domains sends out a press release

Last summer, in an article about the obnoxious “Cherokee letter domains” pusher, we got this great quote from Rick Schwartz: “Sorry, I don’t even consider these of “Pigeon Shit” quality which until right now was the lowest form of worthless domains. We now have reached a new low.” Apparently, these pseudo-IDN domains are up for […]

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DNForum pulls the plug on IDN domain sales

DNForum will no longer be allowing the sale of IDN domains, citing its inability to verify the validity of the listings and their claims. Adam Dicker, owner of DNForum stated: “DNForum.com Drops The Sales of IDN Domain Names We have no way to validate that what someone posts is actually the correct IDN for that […]

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Elliot, New·York.com is for sale but don’t miss the interpunct!

The same dufus that has been promoting a series of bastardized domains as “IDN” – which Rick Schwartz accurately labeled as “lower than pigeon shit” in terms of quality – is now selling yet another “gem.” Not content with trying to convince potential buyers about the supposed value of ·Poker.com, the peddler of pseudo-IDN domains […]

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