Domain spammer claims ICANN gives out investor licenses

An ongoing spam campaign is using the domain name HannahBenson.com, 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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Masterbucks vs. PayPal: Payment options updated at Epik

Nicole Lee, country manager of Epik in China, shared news of an update at Epik regarding payment options. According to Ms. Lee, PayPal was restored as a payment option at Epik.com, 18 months after PayPal disabled such an option for Epik customers. We can speculate on what led to that decision’s reversal. Epik customers can […]

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#Epik acquired #Norwegian web host company, #Terrahost

Epik acquired Terrahost, a Norwegian web hosting provider. That acquisition took place in April 2021 and by December Epik had been contacting its clients, but for some reason they decided to roll out the news as a press release now. “We are excited to be able to bring Terrahost to the world,”” says Epik CEO, […]

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Epik: Pakistani orphans to get 1/2 of warehoused #domain’s auction proceeds

An epic thread over at NamePros about an expired domain at Epik has all the ingredients of a soap opera: backorders kicking in at 15 days past expiry, accusations of clickbait and thuggery, and a domain auctioned off with half of the proceeds to go towards orphans in Pakistan. This incredible exchange is now 4 […]

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CNN on Epik: “An online refuge for extremists”

CNN has published a lengthy investigative report on Epik, titled “An online refuge for extremists.” It includes an interview with Rob Monster, founder and CEO of the multi-discipline internet tech company, familiar to most domain investors as a domain registrar and escrow services provider. In the months since a much-publicized security breach of Epik, things […]

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Epic, Epik, Epyc, Epyk: Identity rebranding and #domain names

Epic, epik, epyc, epyk: When it comes down to branding, the brand’s potential to confusion or dilution is important. Take for example the word “epic” that comes from the Greek epos (Έπος) – a story that is spoken or sung. The matching word for “epic” is epikos (Επικός.) It comes in 3 genders and as […]

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Meta #Epik: Should there be a rebrand?

Epik suffered a large scale data breach in early September, exposing gigabytes of data that included personally identifiable information of its customers and their transactions. The domain registrar known for its “Swiss Bank of Domains” motto, received a big blow that permanently associates its brand with loss of client data and links the company to […]

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#Epik rolls out premium gloves and other freezer wear!

Epik produces a line of premium thermal gloves, boots, and freezer wear for all your needs. The eye-catching, quality workwear is aimed at making your handling safe and comfortable. We’re talking about Epik, Inc., a Hayward, California company that rolled out its brand and line of clothing at the most unfortunate time: while Epik, the […]

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Republican Party of Texas addresses #Epik data breach

The Republican Party of Texas uses Epik as the registrar and the web host for its domain, TexasGOP.org. Following the events of the Epik data breach, several high profile organizations apparently lost the privacy of important data, including WHOIS records. The Texas GOP issued a statement addressing the Epik data breach: On September 11, 2021, […]

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Escrow.com resetting passwords of accounts as a precaution

Escrow.com is apparently mass-resetting the account passwords of its customers, as a way to protect them from the recent Epik data breach. In an email received by several Escrow.com customers today, the following information is shared: Your password has been reset. Dear [redacted] Due to the recent security breach at domain registrar Epik, we are […]

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Researchers digging into the #Epik domains

As the Epik data leak incident enters its second week, many security experts and investigative journalists are peeking into the data. Domain sales that apparently took place with the assistance of Epik as the handling escrow appear to include ultra-valuable domains, such as 503.com, 450.com, and 795.com among others. Most of those who are digging […]

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Epik data leak appears to reveal domain sales

Ten days have passed since a massive data leak was speculated upon at Epik; the domain services company confirmed a variety of personal information that was leaked and has communicated a first line of response to its customers. Even if the databases leaked on the internet are backdated to early 2021, that’s still a massive […]

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