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BNN.com and Brel.com : No longer stolen, #domains back with their owner

The saga has ended for the owner of BNN.com and Brel.com as both domains have been returned and are now in their possession. Both domains were at NameSecure, a domain registrar operated by Web.com. After a long quest for their return, the domains were moved away from GoDaddy where the Algerian thief had transferred them […]

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Domain crime : Russian domain thief sold Zawa.com via GoDaddy auctions

Stanislav Khramov is a Russian domain thief with ongoing activities going back several years. While a full exposé is in the works, this post is focused on the theft of Zawa.com, a domain that was stolen from its legitimate owner, Mr. Daniel Goodwin, in early 2016. As with many other cases Stanislav Khramov gained access […]

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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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Alert : BD.net is a stolen domain, sold on Sedo for five figures

The domain name BD.net was recently sold on a Sedo auction, and several domain investors bid on it. Ending at $29,500 dollars, BD.net is the top dot .net sale of the year so far, according to DNJournal. There is a small problem, however: BD.net has been declared a stolen asset, by its registrant of several […]

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Domain thief peddling cache of domains stolen from Moniker accounts

A cache of domain names stolen during the recent Moniker breach of customer accounts, is being offered privately to domain investors. The stolen domains being offered at low prices include the following: 7G.com – new UIT.com – new WAT.com – Stolen from FMA BMT.com – Stolen from FMA BTM.com – new YAR.com – new WRA.com– […]

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Update: Group of stolen domain names including 002.com are now reclaimed

In July, we shared an owner’s plea about the theft of a valuable domain portfolio that included 002.com; the domains were moved from eNom to GoDaddy. The domains are now back in their legitimate owner’s possession, according to an update that they relayed via a friend: “We caught the thief and pushed him returned the […]

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“Dumb Americans” buying stolen domain names

Let’s face it: the times of great deals regarding the so-called “coinage domains“, are long gone. Back in 2004-2006 one could still get great deals for LLL .com and LLL .net domain names at various domain forums. The definition of a “great deal” is subjective, but anything under $2,500 for a LLL .com and $300 […]

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Success! Stolen domain WTD.com returned to rightful owner

“All’s well that ends well.” This Shakespearean play title would perfectly suit the case of the (formerly) stolen domain name, WTD.com. After reporting WTD.com as stolen in February and alerting the domain community, the legitimate owner established a due process that despite his legal background took several months to complete. At the time, WTD.com was […]

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Stolen domain update: WTD .com frozen at GoDaddy

In February of this year we disclosed that the domain name WTD.com has been stolen from its rightful owners, via a proxy method. That method, however simplistic as it might be, involves the recreation of the managing email for that domain, if it belongs to a domain that expired. The current holder of WTD.com not […]

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Felony charges: Former employee attempts to hijack domains from GoDaddy

The former manager of Ghost Ranch, a dining and entertainment venue in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, faces felony charges after hijacking domains owned by her former employer. According to the Steamboat Springs publication, Steamboat Today, Donna “Tonie” Roberts was charged with “theft, computer crime and felony criminal impersonation”. Roberts posted a $2,000 dollar bail and was […]

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Windows 8: Bill Gates interview

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft 37 years ago, gave an interview detailing the upcoming launch of Windows 8; the biggest departure from conventional, desktop computing since Windows 95. While some early testers of the Windows 8 operating system have expressed their concerns, the billionaire Bill Gates – who is currently involved in humanitarian work – […]

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