Latest GoDaddy hacking incident part of “multi-year campaign”

GoDaddy announced that a recent hacking incident that targeted its cPanel hosting servers is part of a “multi-year campaign” against the company. The announcement provided details about the latest incident that took place in December 2022, targeting the services available to hosting users. During the incident, an “unauthorized third party” installed malware and proceeded to […]

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Stolen domains:,,

The domain names,, and have one thing or two in common. For starters, all 3 domains are registered at Network Solutions, using WHOIS privacy. They are premium and aged, as they were registered in the mid 1990s. One more thing in common is that they have been reported as stolen, by two […]

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Warning:,, are stolen domain names

A group of short, premium domain names, has been reported as stolen. The stash includes,, and several others. The theft occurred in late December with the domains being moved unlawfully away from the owner’s account to The following domain names are currently stolen from domain investor Gregg Ostrick‘s account: […]

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Domains seized, arrests made: Boot stresser crimes terminated by the FBI

A group of six individuals were charged with computer crimes related to their alleged ownership of services facilitating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. These services provided “for hire” attacks on demand to anyone willing to pay money to perform electronic warfare on internet destinations and web sites. Each defendant allegedly operated at least one […]

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Football domains: Homeland Security Investigations seized IP pirates’ assets

Pirating football (soccer) and other sports channel live-streaming or recorded content is a favorite target of IP pirates. Many such web sites suck up content from official, pay-for sources, then stream it online. The benefit: massive traffic, that can be monetized using a variety of PPC and other ad providers. But that comes to an […]

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FBI seizes 17 domain names in defrauding scheme

The FBI and US Postal Inspection Service have seized 17 domains that were part of a defrauding scheme. US law enforcement has investigated the activity of the scammers since February 2021, after the FBI’s IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) received 64 complaints about the scammers. The domains now display a warning by the US authorities: […]

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Fake US Post Office SMS: Phishing campaign uses .US #domain names

A new phishing campaign utilizes SMS messages, sent from scammers that want you to believe there’s a problem with a package delivery. The SMS message states more or less the following: [Postal Service] Your package is on hold due to incomplete address information. Modify your address to ensure delivery per schedule. Visit [domain removed] The […]

Copyright © 2023 · All Rights Reserved. ICE seized long tail domain due to infringement

Generic, exact match domains are often called “long tail” domains due to their length. In the case of, the domain is an exact match .com of “factory handbag” and that’s intentional. Google is generous towards such exact match domains, especially when the search volume is high. With proper promotions and social media exposure, such […]

Copyright © 2023 · All Rights Reserved. identified in $300 million dollar pyramid scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged 11 individuals for their roles in creating and promoting Forsage, a fraudulent crypto pyramid and Ponzi scheme that raised more than $300 million, defrauding millions of retail investors worldwide. According to the SEC’s complaint, in January 2020, Vladimir Okhotnikov, Jane Doe a/k/a Lola Ferrari, Mikhail Sergeev, and Sergey […]

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Domain spammer claims ICANN gives out investor licenses

An ongoing spam campaign is using the domain name, alongside the alias “Hannah Benson.” The spammer targets domain registrants with “similar domains” to the ones being peddled. So far, nothing new about using a faux female name to sell domains, but what sets this spam aside is the included claim that they are an […]

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Sonoma Valley Hospital: is still a stolen #domain name

On August 6, 2019, the Sonoma Valley Hospital went into red alert. Celia Kruse de la Rosa, the hospital’s communications director, noted at the time that, their prestigious three letter .com domain and hospital acronym, had been “maliciously acquired.” It was yet another case of domain hijacking, with a highly valuable LLL .com getting […]

Copyright © 2023 · All Rights Reserved. Stolen, dropped & auctioned—a cautionary domain tale

Since 1998, the domain name was used by the Messelaar Bulb Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The specialty flower grower of the “finest quality topsize flower bulbs, imported from Holland” was founded in 1969 and operated its business from a great domain name for 20 years—until one day the domain was stolen. In the words […]

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