Important Trends in the Domain Name Industry

by Brian Conchuratt on Thursday, 7 September, 2017

The number of worldwide phishing attacks continues to grow, having reached an all-time high of 255,065 unique attacks in 2016, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s (APWG) annual report, “Global Phishing Survey: Trends and Domain Name Use in 2016,” published this summer. 

Why is this important to IP professionals? For those that manage domain portfolios or monitor domain registrations, this is an important issue to understand because you have a role to play in defending your company or your clients from these attacks.

This wasn’t always the case. Over the past 10 years that the APWG has been publishing these reports, most phishing attacks have originated from compromised Web sites that had been hacked and used to execute these campaigns. However, the most recent data show that we’re experiencing an important new trend:  the use of malicious domain registrations to conduct phishing attacks is growing rapidly. As recently as 2012, phishing attacks from maliciously registered domain names comprised less than 9% of all phishing attacks worldwide. In 2016, nearly half of all phishing attacks originated from malicious registrations. 

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Topics: domains, domain management

Parody Mike Pence Website Highlights Importance of Protecting Your Domains

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017

Some media outlets recently reported that US Vice President Mike Pence’s website had been hacked. The website — http://www.officialmikepence.com — seemed to fall in line with assorted media reports that Pence was involved in campaign planning activities for a presidential run in 2020 since the home page calls Pence “The 46th President of the United States.”

It turns out that the website, called officialmikepence.com, is a parody site that was launched by Funny or Die, the comedy website and film/TV production company on April Fool’s Day earlier this year. Ultimately, media outlets published corrections to their reports of the “hacking.”

Beyond the nonsensical tag line “See you tomorrow, for tomorrow — is now — today,” other more obviously comic elements of the website should have been a tip-off that it was a parody site, like these sections:

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Topics: domains, domain management

Auditing Your Domain Name Portfolio: Do You Know Where Your Domains Are?

by Brian Conchuratt on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

If your answer to the question “Do you know where your domains are?” is “No,” don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone.

Domain names are inexpensive and easy to register, so it can be nearly impossible to enforce a consistent domain name acquisition strategy across your organization, especially one that serves to strengthen your IP portfolio.

A multitude of problems surrounding domain management can arise for a number of reasons:

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Topics: domains, domain management

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