Domain crime : .XYZ and .Online registries pull the plug on offending domains

Earlier this week, we reported on a number of new gTLD domains that were being used to facilitate tech support scams. Operating from India, the scammers used a number of mostly .XYZ and .Online domains to target their victims. The .XYZ Registry intervened quickly, terminating those offending domains, and several more. Per their abuse department: […]

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Tech support malware : Scammers prefer .ORG, .XYZ and .Online domains

Scammers posing as tech support resolving malware attacks, have a preference for .ORG, .XYZ and .Online domains. A recent article by Malwarebytes Labs, researched how “tech support” scammers abuse native ad provider, Taboola, to serve such tech support scam ads. How does this work: Ads are bought on Taboola, serving links to web sites that […]

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Premium three letter .com domain name, SOT.com, is no longer stolen

It’s great news for the Finnish owner of the premium three letter .com domain, SOT.com. The domain was stolen from Wille Kuutti’s Dotster account a few days ago, by a cybercriminal who has been involved in numerous domain thefts. Mr. Kuutti has confirmed that SOT.com is no longer stolen, as the gaining registrar, Nominalia, transferred […]

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Sedo removes stolen domain SOT.com from its marketplace

Sedo removed the stolen domain, SOT.com, from its marketplace, and terminated its auction. As we reported yesterday, the owner of SOT.com reached out to us with information about the domain’s unlawful transfer away from Dotster, to Spanish domain registrar, Nominalia; the owner is working on getting the domain back. According to our research, the domain […]

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Domain crime : SOT.com is a stolen domain name being auctioned at Sedo

The domain name SOT.com has been hijacked, and its legitimate owner notified us that it’s being auctioned off at Sedo. The current bid is $20,000 dollars. The cybercriminal selling off the domain has altered the email address of the legitimate owner, and added bogus information. From the looks of it, the thief appears to be […]

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Domain scam uses previously registered domain names and a sob story

A new domain scam is making the rounds, and it involves domains that were registered previously, but which were then dropped. It works like this: You let a domain drop, and someone registers it and sets it up for sale for a relatively low price, for example $499 dollars. At that point, as the previous […]

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Bitcoin crime : Scammer attempted to sell domains he doesn’t own

Despite positive vibes in the domain industry about cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, they’re still being used to facilitate scams and other crime. A domain investor shared his plight on NamePros, about how he was scammed of 0.17 BTC (about $670 dollars) while trying to acquire the domain Kina.com. The seller, an individual from Turkey, claimed […]

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Sedo removes stolen domains OLP.com and FDE.com from its platform

Sedo removed the domains OLP.com and FDE.com from its selling platform, where they appeared with BIN prices between $20k and up to $28k. As we reported in the August domain theft report, OLP.com and FDE.com are stolen domains that belong to a portfolio of LLL .com’s that left the possession of their Japanese owner some […]

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New serial domain spammer : Registrationdomainsite.com registered at eNom

Another phuckstick spammer that mass-emails owners of newly registered domain names is Registrationdomainsite.com. The unscrupulous spammer scans the domain zone files, and emails the registrants with the following cookie cutter message: Congratulations on your domain [*].com ! The next step you can do for [*].com is to make sure it is listed in the search […]

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Chinese bastard spammers, Marksmile, continue to harass domain owners

Chinese bastard spammers, Marksmile.com, continue to harass domain owners, emailing them unsolicited email with .CN variants of their own domains. This time around, the Marksmile douchebags are sending out “discounts” to their previous offer, trying to convince Westerners that they need a .CN domain, for their matching .COM. China’s .CN domain is highly regulated and […]

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Caution : Domain owner impersonation might cost you

Domain cybercriminals attempt to steal domain names using a variety of cunning methods. Other than direct hacking of accounts, or spear-phishing techniques, social engineering is a common method. Calling up a domain registrar’s support department pretending they are the owner, or calling the domain owner pretending to be the domain registrar, is one such example. […]

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Warning : Phishing scam using a dot .PRO domain

There is an ongoing phishing scam via SMS, and they are using a dot .PRO domain name. While there are not many .PRO domains around, this one targets users via a text message related to their banking system, Bank of Montreal, BMO. We received this from a fellow domain investor in Canada; when visiting bmo.com.account-secure.helppro.pro […]

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