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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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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Domain crime : JUX.com is a stolen domain name!

The three letter .com domain name JUX.com has been reported as stolen by its legitimate owner, Chris Mismash. Jux.com was used in the past by Mr. Mismash’s start-up company, that offered blog publishing services. The company closed in 2014. The domain was removed from its owner’s GoDaddy account unlawfully, between February 21st and 22nd. Mr. […]

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Domain crime : JADA.com has been reported as stolen

The domain name JADA.com has been reported as stolen; the current registrant attempted to sell the domain at NamePros. An established domain investor from India reported the sales thread which has now been closed. The seller appears to be from Russia, and his account has now been closed by the NamePros moderators. The previous owner […]

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X3.com : Formerly stolen domain has been recovered

In April of this year, we reported that the premium, aged domain X3.com was stolen from its legitimate owner. At the time, Mr. AJ Alfieri-Crispin, shared the agony of witnessing the domain disappear from his registrar account in the course of 25 minutes. The owner’s Odyssey ended about a month ago, when the 3rd District […]

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Alert : Emulate.com is a stolen domain name!

The domain name Emulate.com has been reported as stolen from its owners, Dave Neyland and wife Susan Neyland. A computer programmer, Mr. Neyland registered Emulate.com in 1998 and moved it to GoDaddy two years ago. Prior to the theft, the domain had been renewed until 2018. Emulate.com was unlawfully transferred away from GoDaddy on 10/13/2015, […]

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Gmail and domains : Phishers using SMS to hijack your account!

In the past year and a half, a lot of domain names were stolen from their lawful owners by phishing emails. By sending emails posing as legitimate communication from a domain registrar, cybercriminals manage to obtain a domain owner’s user name and password. Without two way authentication enabled at the registrar level, one is at […]

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C73.com : Another stolen domain moved to Chinese registrar Ename

The domain name C73.com was stolen from its legitimate owner, who reached out to us. Just like many other victims of domain theft, Nazih witnessed his 16 year old domain asset getting stolen from GoDaddy and was moved to the Chinese domain registrar Ename. The latter, is particularly popular with domain thieves in China, according […]

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Alert: X3.com is currently a stolen domain; moved from eNom to Ename

The owner of the domain name X3.com shared with us that the domain is currently in the hands of a domain thief. On April 5th, 2015, X3.com changed ownership “withing a window of 25 minutes” and was transferred from an eNom reseller – DreamHost – to the Chinese domain registrar, Ename. The latter, has been […]

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GoDaddy yanks formerly stolen domain 6462.com back from Ename!

Last December, we covered the brazen theft of the domain 6462.com from a GoDaddy account. The domain was transferred unlawfully to the Chinese domain registrar, Ename and despite GoDaddy’s requests, Ename refused to return it. Its Australian registrant, domain investor Rod Seeber, reached out to us back then for assistance with exposing the theft, and […]

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