Amazon Expands Domain Registrations

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 21 December, 2017

Domain Name Wire reports that Amazon has recently broadened its domain registrations to include "AmazonTube" and "Open Tube," stirring speculation that the company may be planning to compete with YouTube. The company also registered several variations of these domains, including OpenTube.biz, AmazonTube.ca, and even OpenTube.xyz. You can read more details on Domain Name Wire.

These new Amazon domain registrations come not long after Amazon Technologies registered several cryptocurrency URLs including amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com, and amazoncryptocurrencies.com last month. Amazon also owns the domain amazonbitcoin.com, which currently redirects to the Amazon home page.

You too may be wondering exactly what Fortune asks: "What, if anything, is Amazon planning to do in the cryptocurrency space?" According to CNBC, Patrick Gauthier of Amazon Pay said last month that Amazon has no plans to accept cryptocurrency.

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Topics: domains, domain management

Equifax Domain Names Recouped in WIPO Cybersquatting Decision

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 20 November, 2017

The massive data breach at US credit bureau Equifax, Inc. in September resulted in the theft of personal details, including names, birthdates, and social security numbers from more than 140 million people.

After news of the breach broke, Equifax set up an official web site called EquifaxSecurity2017.com for consumers to refer to for information about the hack. It turns out that many similar domain names were registered after the breach, according to Domain Name Wire, including 138 domain names registered by China Capital investment Limited. Many of the domain names included misspellings of "Equifax" and "security." Some of these sites advertised services for identity theft protection services and credit scores.

In response to this blatant cybersquatting, Equifax filed a successful domain dispute under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and all of these domains are now being transferred to the company.

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Topics: cybersquatters, domain infringement, trademark infringement, domain management

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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