Domaining 2014: Moniker and the end of the insecure domain registrar

As 2014 fades away, we’re discussing events that occurred this year in the domain industry. With domain theft being a hot topic thanks to the email verification requirements mandated by ICANN, the importance of secure domain registrars is paramount. The trajectory of Moniker, once regarded as the bastion of domain safety, has been shocking and […]

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Moniker wins the prestigious ‘Registrar of the Year’ award

The Web Hosting and Domains Weekly announced its industry awards a little earlier this year; for the past decade, the awards are meant to congratulate distinguished industry leaders. Despite recent problems related to security and lack of customer service, the Registrar of the Year award went to an unlikely finalist, Moniker. “The Registrar of the […]

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Domainer angry: ‘I want to sue Moniker!’ after negative balance is issued

Moniker can’t seem to get a break from negative light these days; not out of spite, but simply because of bad customer service. As if the backlash from a mass breach and loss of domains to Egyptian domain thieves were not enough, here come the bills. Some domainers with domains at Moniker have started receiving […]

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Update: YN.com no longer a stolen domain; was returned to FMA

The premium two letter .com domain, YN.com, has been returned to its legitimate owner, Future Media Architects. As part of a cache of domains stolen at Moniker during a much-reported mass breach of accounts, YN.com was frozen at Name.com where it was transferred by Egyptian domain thieves. Currently, the process of reclaiming one’s stolen domains […]

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Moniker woes continue: Registrant claims loss of $1 million dollar domain!

Moniker continues to receive some very negative publicity from its current and former customers, long after a mass breach of accounts resulted in several domain thefts. In a post at DNForum, a domain owner based in Italy, condemns Moniker’s handling of the situation and alleges that one of his most valuable domains, worth at least […]

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Alert: See.com is currently a stolen domain – Do not buy

Mike Loucks is familiar with the headaches arising from domain theft; his business domain, See.com, was stolen in the mid-2000’s by an Iranian hacker. Back then, See.com was hijacked while at Network Solutions, using a bit of social engineering. Loucks, whose immediate family are lawyers, used these resources to quickly reclaim the domain. He moved […]

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Was your domain name stolen? Be vocal about it!

Domain theft is a ‘hot potato‘ among domain investors and business owners currently; recent mass breaches and hijackings of domains reaffirm one thing: When your domain gets stolen, don’t keep quiet about it. Several great to premium domains are currently in the hands of cyber thieves, who employ a variety of techniques, mostly via phishing […]

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Update: Several stolen FMA domains, others, returned to lawful owners

The recent security breach at Moniker resulted in the theft, direct or indirect, of several premium domains from their owners; several were stolen from the portfolio of Future Media Architects. Moniker has been working on reclaiming these domains, first handling transfers that occurred internally; the domain Busy.com was the first one to be reclaimed and […]

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Moniker hack aftermath: GoDaddy returns stolen domains to their owner

Several valuable numeric dot .com domains and an LLL .com have been returned to their legitimate owner, at GoDaddy. Following a report that asked for the non-disclosure of the domains involved, we verified that the theft of domains at GoDaddy has been reversed. The theft was linked to the recently exposed Moniker breach, from the […]

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Moniker ‘patient zero’ warned registrar on security breach in late August

A former Moniker customer’s rage over the recently exploited security breach, is off the charts. He has reason to believe that his account, presumably containing valuable domains, was the first one to be targeted in late August by hackers originating from Egypt and Lebanon, who created sub-accounts. Despite warning Moniker about the issue, he was […]

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Two priceless domains stolen from Moniker, now frozen at Name.com

The mystery surrounding the brazen theft of extremely valuable domains from Moniker, continues. After receiving permission from Elequa, we can unveil two more priceless domains stolen from his domain portfolio at Moniker. Both YN.com and BIT.com were stolen by the same domain thieves, that attempted to cover their trail by using WHOIS protection in the […]

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