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Update: Stolen domain Lightly.com has been RECOVERED!

We reported and covered exclusively the saga of the stolen domain, Lightly.com for almost 3 months. The domain was stolen from its legitimate owner in early June of this year. The brazen thieves from China hijacked Lightly.com away from GoDaddy, using a phishing email and moved it to the Chinese domain registrar, Ename. After listing […]

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Rise of the Dragon: Domain theft in China is gaining momentum

China is a technological giant and a rapidly developing economy; the country is changing at unprecedented rates, unknown to most western economies. Facing this extreme financial growth, the Chinese have acquired a lethal attraction to consumerism and luxury. The ability to spend creates the desire to want and seek goods, services and digital assets, including […]

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Domain theft special: What the hell is going on at Ename?

The Chinese domain registrar, Ename.com, also provides a domain name marketplace for the ever expanding Chinese market. All this growth comes at a price, as Ename is quickly becoming the domain venue of choice for thieves laundering stolen domain names. Despite being an ICANN accredited registrar, Ename.com is resisting pressure from legitimate transfer requests for […]

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Lightly.com – Saga of a stolen domain continues as bogus web site is set up

The thieves of Lightly.com hiding behind unverifiable WHOIS information, have now set up a bogus web site about kids stories. George Hong of Guta.com pointed out that every domain hosted in China needs to be registered with the Chinese government; the ICP number at the bottom of Lightly.com is shared with other web sites. This […]

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Lightly.com : Chinese registrar Ename uncooperative in stolen domain case

We have received an update on the stolen domain name, Lightly.com. The Chinese domain registrar, Ename, is not cooperating with requests to return the stolen domain name, Lightly.com, to its lawful owner. The former registrar, GoDaddy provided ample evidence that the domain was transferred out unlawfully but Ename won’t return Lightly.com, alleging that everything was […]

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How to efficiently report a Domain theft for media coverage

On a daily basis, we receive numerous tips through the “Share a domain tip” widget at the bottom right of your screen. Some tips are about domain thefts, hijackings or other issues related to domain ownership. While it’s convenient to use the “tips” button to report a domain theft, we actually need more data from […]

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From GoDaddy to ename : A domain theft chronicle about 8si.com

The ongoing saga of the domain owner of Lightly.com, which is currently a stolen domain, prompted us to research similar domain thefts. In a case from June 2013, the domain name 8si.com was hijacked from a GoDaddy account, and was moved to the Chinese registrar, ename.com. If it sounds familiar, it’s because the Lightly.com case […]

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Lightly.com update: Domain thief accepted offer on 4.CN

The stolen domain name Lightly.com was not removed by 4.CN officials, despite their notification by its rightful owner, Ms. Patricia Clason, about its status. After reporting the theft, the founder of the Center for Creative Learning gave the domain thief a taste of their own medicine, by placing a bid on 4.CN for her own […]

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ALERT: Stolen domain Lightly.com listed for sale on 4.CN

This is an “amber alert” for the domain name, Lightly.com, which is currently stolen. The domain was unlawfully taken out of a GoDaddy account on June 10th and moved to the Chinese registrar, ename. The stolen domain Lightly.com is currently listed for sale on the Chinese domain auction house, 4.CN. Lightly.com was registered in 1997 […]

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