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 bmo.com.account-secure.helppro.pro […]

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Avvo.com lawsuit : $2 million dollar judgement against Chinese phishing domain names

Avvo.com 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 updateaccountonline.com

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 updateaccountonline.com 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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Gmail and domains : Phishers using SMS to hijack your account!

In the past year and a half, a lot of domain names were stolen from their lawful owners by phishing emails. By sending emails posing as legitimate communication from a domain registrar, cybercriminals manage to obtain a domain owner’s user name and password. Without two way authentication enabled at the registrar level, one is at […]

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Alert: Chinese registered domain Ameriban-extuess.com to phish AMEX customers

An email pretending to arrive from American Express is using a recently disclosed breach of customer data at Home Depot to phish for your personal banking information. Ameriban-extuess.com, the domain used in this phishing scam was registered with Chinese information, per DomainTools. Todaynic.com, the Chinese registrar where the phishing scam domain was registered on 9/17/2014 […]

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GoDaddy phishing portal scam: This is how they steal your domains!

If you wondered how domain thieves steal your domains, the number one method is by email phishing and by replicating a portal of a domain registrar or other portal of authority. GoDaddy is by far the biggest target of thieves, due to the sheer amount of domains under management. Aaron of PremiumNameSales tipped us off […]

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Phishers and scammers: Which TLDs were hit in 2011?

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has released its latest report; the results are out regarding which TLDs were hit the most by cybercrime in 2011. An excerpt: “Phishers are an ingenious lot, and the successful ones develop their own specialties and business plans. For example, in this report we describe how Chinese phishers are using […]

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Marchex domain used for phishing scam?

A domain owned by Marchex is currently being used in a phishing scam that attempts to convince unsuspected recipients of an email that it originates from Western Union. The email lists “onlineupdate.com” in the headers which appear to be faked. The return address is listed as “Western Union <security@onlineupdate.com>” and the email itself asks the […]

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