Corsearch Becomes Independent Company Following Closing of Sale to Audax Private Equity

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 5 January, 2018

Corsearch, a global trademark solutions leader, is pleased to announce the closing of its sale to Audax Private Equity, effective today. As previously reported, in October 2017, Audax Private Equity agreed to purchase Corsearch from Wolters Kluwer. Today’s closing represents the finalization of that transaction, resulting in a newly independent Corsearch company.

The move to an independent company provides Corsearch with many opportunities in an evolving industry. Corsearch will be using its new status to enrich the industry-leading offerings in trademark and domain solutions that it offers today, as well as to expand into new areas.

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Topics: Corsearch, brands, domains, trademark

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

Corsearch New gTLD Update: .VIP, Donuts' Rightside Acquisition, and Uniregistry 2-Letter and Premium Domains

by Kate Reid on Friday, 13 October, 2017

This week's update includes news about .VIP, the Donuts acquisition of Rightside, and Uniregistry 2-letter and premium domains.

.VIP – Chinese Script IDNs Available in November
Registry operator MMX announced that on November 21, 2017, it will be possible to register Chinese Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) under the TLD .VIP.

Donuts and Rightside DPML Update
Donuts registry successfully completed its acquisition of Rightside registry in July and has now provided an update on the DPML systems merger, scheduled for Quarter 2, 2018, outlining the four scenarios that apply to existing DPML customers, based on whether they have a Donuts DPML, a Rightside DPML, or both. 

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Topics: nGTLDs, domains

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

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