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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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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An epic #domain: Someone registered Rob.Monster 👾

Rob Monster is the founder and CEO of Epik, the domain services company that has recently found itself in the eye of a major data breach storm. Rob Monster’s last name is Dutch for “specimen” or “sample.” This is the most common meaning in Dutch and its Germanic root, “muster,” all while it means something […]

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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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Pillow Guy vs. Monster: Who won?

Michael James Lindell, also known as the MyPillow Guy, is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and conspiracy theorist. A few months ago he attempted to launch a new social media platform called VOCL (pronounced “vocal”) and for that purpose acquired the domain VOCL.com. That transaction was brokered by Epik, netting its founder, Rob Monster, a portion […]

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BC30.com #UDRP : What not to do when negotiating a #domain sale

The domain BC30.com was just lost via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant’s trademark claims appear to be far-fetched: their trademark incorporates “BC30” but is GANEDENBC30. Unfortunately for the Respondent, Rob Monster of Epik.com, they did not file a proper response e.g. via a qualified IP attorney. Another thing that went wrong was […]

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Epic thread about #NamePros being sold for zero dollars!

An epic thread over at NamePros, the domain name forum that never sleeps, is titled “Rob Monster bought Namepros without paying a dime.” In less than 24 hours, the ensuing discussion has ballooned into a dozen pages and thousands of pageviews, but why? Apparently, Epik founder Rob Monster, who has been controversial in the past, […]

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#Nationwide : Domain #UDRP names Epik registrar as the Respondent in odd case

Epik, the domain registrar, is being named as the Respondent in a UDRP decision involving the domain name Nationwidexcessandsurplus.com at the WIPO. The case is rather odd, as it describes some alarming behavior by the Respondent’s CEO, potentially unbecoming of a domain registrar operator. In particular, Epik acknowledged that it was a “clerical error” that […]

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#DigitalTown : Blockchain startup bought by Google for $2.5 billion dollars

What a marvelous Friday, with DigitalTown being acquired by search engine Google to the tune of $2.532 billion dollars. The cash and stock deal was sealed after several quarters of proven, stellar performance by DigitalTown’s all-digital assets in the Dark Web aftermarket of crypto currencies, also known as “black chain.” “We are thrilled to be […]

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Epik on free speech : Disclaimer attempts damage control after #Christchurch fiasco

Epik, the domain registrar founded by entrepreneur Rob Monster, is performing “damage control” on Twitter. In a pinned Tweet, Epik.com refers to its stewardship of freedom of speech on the Internet, along with references to providing no endorsement of content for domain names it services. Says Epik: “Epik.com has a long history of standing for […]

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#Epik CEO, Rob Monster, believed the #Christchurch video was not real!

In what appears to be a remarkable demonstration of disconnect from reality, Rob Monster, CEO of Epik.com, questioned the legitimacy of the Christchurch massacre video. The chilling video was streamed live on social media, then stored in a variety of formats. We have watched the video, which is shot in first person as the murderer […]

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