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Bogus Libra and #Calibra domains in use as #phishing scams

The announcement of Libra and Calibra by Facebook triggered the inevitable: fake or copycat domains, for phishing purposes. Using alternate character sets in punycode to emulate a domain’s actual characters visually, is not new. In the case of Calibra.com, for example, the registration of Calìbra.com is actually that of an IDN, that was registered by […]

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#GoDaddy took down 15,000 subdomains in hijacked accounts

GoDaddy has taken down 15,000 subdomains peddling a variety of “snake oil” products. According to a two year investigation, many of the domains they linked to were legitimate, belonging to customers whose accounts were apparently compromised. Products being sold from these domains were illegal, unregulated, contraband or fake. The money siphoned via this type of […]

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Nadia Pessoa : My “Harp” account on #Twitter has been hacked!

Domain investor and professional harpist, Nadia Pessoa, announced that her Twitter account “@Harp” has been hacked. The hijacked account is now hidden behind privacy, after an unknown cybercriminal managed to take it over. Tweeting from @DomainSushi, Nadia stated: .@TwitterSupport @Twitter @TwitterOpen See previous tweet – URGENT. @Harp was hacked. Look at this tweet from APR 1 […]

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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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Domain crime : 988.com is a stolen domain name!

The premium domain 988.com has been confirmed to be stolen; anyone claiming to be in possession of it currently is the thief. How did this happen? The domain’s legitimate owner, Mr. Luo, is a California resident and for months he’s been pestered by a cybercriminal who gained access to his domain accounts. In a shocking […]

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WannaCry malware cybercriminals made more than $6,300 in BTC so far

The cybercriminals behind the WannaCry ransomware attack have already made a small fortune in Bitcoin. Once security analysts reverse-engineered the WannaCry code, the following Bitcoin address was revealed: 115p7UMMngoj1pMvkpHijcRdfJNXj6LrLn So far, that address has received 30 payments from victims whose computer files were encrypted, and succumbed to this type of digital blackmail. According to Blockchain.info, […]

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NameCheap promo for .US domains seeded spammer’s domain portfolio

An unscrupulous spammer, blasting millions of emails daily, is using cheap .US registrations at NameCheap for his mass spamming. When domain registrars offer domain registrations below the $1 dollar threshold, spammers reap the benefits. Hiding behind a Cloudflare proxy DNS, the cybercriminals are using hosts in Russia, Estonia and elsewhere. Just like in the case […]

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Feds nab KickassTorrents.com owner, seize domains

U.S. authorities have charged the alleged owner of today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, KickassTorrents.com, with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website. According to the US Department of Justice, Artem Vaulin, 30, a Ukrainian citizen, was arrested today in Poland and is charged by criminal complaint. The charges include […]

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Chinese domain sales report : Hacker sentenced to 4 years in US prison

Cybercrime originating from China often accounts for the majority of current attacks against the US military cyberspace. According to an announcement by the US Justice Department: “A Chinese national who admitted to participating in a years-long conspiracy that involved Chinese military officers hacking into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors in order to […]

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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 warning : GLC.com has been reported as stolen

The three letter .com domain, GLC.com, has been reported as stolen. According to information acquired by domain broker, James Booth, GLC.com was confirmed as stolen by its legitimate owner, Mr. Christopher C. Hyun. The theft occurred in early March, when GLC.com was moved to GoDaddy, away from a Network Solutions account. Its owner, who operates […]

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Sino-Russian conspiracy : Domains used to steal bank account credentials

Russian cybercriminals hiding behind fake Chinese WHOIS have launched sophisticated phishing attacks. Targeting owners of major US bank accounts, the attacks involve the registration of domains resembling those of financial institutions; most of these domains are registered with Chinese domain registrars. Chase Bank is one such example we covered; Wells Fargo is another such incident. […]

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