Silicon Valley Bank crash triggered onslaught of domain registrations

The failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB,) a commercial bank headquartered in Santa Clara, California, has caused plenty of market instability. SVB was the 16th-largest bank in the United States when it collapsed on March 10th, ending 40 years of banking activities. On March 13, 2023, the FDIC transferred all deposits—both insured and uninsured—and substantially […]

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Namecheap: Phishing emails are not the result of a breached system

Holders of Metamask accounts received phishing emails relayed via Namecheap, that were technically legitimate. These emails did not originate at Namecheap, however, as the hacking utilized API keys linked to Sendgrid, a third party mailing application. By using these API keys, hackers were able to fake these emails in a (technically) convincing way, bypassing filters […]

Copyright © 2023 · All Rights Reserved. UDRP a headache for Complainant

A Nigerian scammer used the domain to impersonate the .com holder. Everyday Health, Inc.operates from offering support to migraine sufferers. They filed a UDRP to get the .org as the Respondent used the domain to impersonate them, offering fake jobs and attempting to scam the applicants. This created an obvious headache for the […]

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Phishing attempt targets domain investors using law firm as the bait

A phishing attempt targeting domain investors used the name of a law firm as the main bait. As reported by domain investor, George Kirikos, the phishing email consisted of a link to open an “encrypted file” using the Evernote platform. At the destination, the HTML file prompted users to run it in the web browser […]

Copyright © 2023 · All Rights Reserved. Phishing #domain lost via the UDRP process

Using a domain as a phishing platform to defraud consumers is grounds for a UDRP loss. In the case of, that first letter is a lower case “L” and not a capital “i.” This method of substituting a letter with another that visually resembles it, allows cybercriminals to defraud thousands of people annually. The […]

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Lost in #OpenSea: Fake NFT platform #domain cost victim thousands of dollars

A fake OpenSea domain was used in a phishing attack, costing thousands of dollars to at least one victim. Using the IDN domain, the scammers stole approximately $70,000 dollars in Ethereum from one account. Registered at NameCheap, the domain resolved to an active web site mimicking OpenSea. The IDN displays as openséa .com in […]

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Scammers attempted to phish using fake #Moderna domain name

Phishing the domains of popular companies such as Moderna is a crime that requires swift action. The Homeland Security Investigations department in Baltimore have seized the domain, a typo of the official domain name The domain was seized in accordance with a seizure warrant issued by the United States Court for the […]

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Warning : Phishing scam using a dot .PRO domain

There is an ongoing phishing scam via SMS, and they are using a dot .PRO domain name. While there are not many .PRO domains around, this one targets users via a text message related to their banking system, Bank of Montreal, BMO. We received this from a fellow domain investor in Canada; when visiting […]

Copyright © 2023 · All Rights Reserved. lawsuit : $2 million dollar judgement against Chinese phishing domain names has won a lawsuit it filed against the Chinese operators of an elaborate phishing scheme. A Federal Court in Arizona delivered a $2 million dollar judgement against hackers who created a spoofed web site, that copied the well-known legal review web site. Randazza Legal Group, PLLC represented Avvo in this successful lawsuit. In Avvo, […]

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Krebs on Security : Russian servers hosted domains used to phish for iPhone info

Renowned security expert, Brian Krebs, shared information on a massive phishing scheme targeting iPhone users. With the help of at least 146 domain names, the Russia-based criminal ring attempted to steal credentials from users whose iPhones had been stolen. “Victims of iPhone theft can use the Find My iPhone feature to remotely locate, lock or […]

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Domain crime : Chase Bank was targeted with phishing domain

Last week we revealed how the account structure of Wells Fargo was used by cybercriminals who registered a similar domain. Now it’s the time of Chase Bank; cybercriminals registered the domain and are using it in phishing emails. Falsifying the email so as to appear to arrive from Chase Bank, the registrant of the […]

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GoDaddy SMS code numbers win multi-million dollar Lotto jackpot!

An incredible story of luck and fortune unfolded during the 4th of July weekend, as a domain investor won a state lottery jackpot. Gary Sbignew of Grand Rapids, Michigan, used the numbers provided in a two-way authentication SMS for GoDaddy for his selection of lotto numbers. “I played them in pairs, 28/14/12 and provided three […]

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