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Are Domain Registars The New Age Cyber-Arms Dealers?

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Yet another day of Chrome removing malicious extensions from its webstore, but this time there is more to what meets the eye. As reported by Awake, the security firm behind the exposure, all these extensions link to an Israel based domain registrar – GalComm. It uncovered 100+ malicious or fake Chrome extensions that used GalComm domains for attacker command and control infrastructure and/or as...

Warner Bros. Registers New Domains, Hints At Upcoming Games

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DC fans, the much-speculated games on Batman and Suicide Squad might be out sooner than expected! MarkMonitor Inc Inc, Warner Bros Inc’s often used domain broker recently registered two domains for each of them – GothamKnightsGame.com and SuicideSquadGame.com. Another one, SuicideSquadKillTheJusticeLeague.com was also registered, possibly the name for the Suicide Squad game. Fans are...

Meet The .New Addition To Google’s Portfolio

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Google Meet has joined the troupe of its .new domains. You can now simply begin a new meeting by typing meet.new in the address bar. This will open a fully functional Google Meet session in your web browser from where users can send invite links as well as host the meeting. You can also add numbers at the end of the domain to differentiate between multiple accounts and bookmark them whenever you...

Domains Come Into Focus As Chrome Clips URLs

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Google is back at it again – experimenting with what shows up in users’ omnibox and address bar when they use Chrome. Google has tried on and off since years, to hide those parts of URLs it deems “irrelevant”, or just not show them at all, displaying the keywords the user typed, instead. This time it has hidden the http:, https: and www. prefixes whilst showing just the domain name. For example...

Surge In Look-alike Domains Forces Zoom To Seek Google’s Help

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Zoom, the popular video conferencing app might be negotiating with Google Cloud to make its calls safer. The COVID-19 restrictions had skyrocketed the use of Zoom with institutions and companies forced to operate remotely. With its increased usage, in no time were experts able to expose and call out Zoom on its erroneous and risky policies, including several loopholes in users’ security and...

Almost Half of .UK Domain Disputes in 2019 Decided In Favour Of The Complainant

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Nominet, the registry for .uk domains released, the yearly report on domain disputes it handled in 2019. It introduced its Dispute Resolution System back in 2001 for this purpose. eBay and Gumtree, Pierre Balmain SA, the Taunton Angling Association, and Groupon make up some of the most noteworthy cases of the year. Now, let’s look at some stats: 0.007% of the total .uk domains i.e. 801 disputed...

South Africa Registers Steep Growth In Domains Amidst Covid’19

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South Africa’s flagship .co.za TLD has crossed the 1.25 million mark in domain registrations. ZA Central Registry (ZACR) which handles the .za domain, attributed this milestone to the rise in domain registrations by SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises). The COVID-19 lockdown made people turn to online services and business owners quickly took the cue. “It speaks volumes that CO.ZA...

BabyNames.com Posts A Tribute To The Black Community; Website Crashes

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Ever since the tragic death of George Floyd the whole world has been in a state of shock. The enraged people are coming on to the streets to show their protest against racial discrimination and police brutality, not only in the USA but around the whole world. Different companies are also showing their solidarity with the Black community. Joining the bandwagon has come the popular name suggestion...

Snake Bites Honda, Affects Operations

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The ‘EKANS/SNAKE’ virus, designed to attack industrial control systems network, has hit Honda, causing some of its global operations to come to a standstill. The company confirmed that it was facing technical difficulties in a tweet. Its abilities to access its computer servers, use e-mail and make use of its internal systems were affected. Brett Callow, a threat analyst at security firm...

Facebook Files Lawsuit Against Phoney Domains

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Facebook has filed a lawsuit against 12 imposter domain names which have been registered by a private Indian proxy service Compsys Domain Solutions. The domains were allegedly designed to deceive users by impersonating Facebook owned apps – its namesake along with WhatsApp and Instagram. The firm registered misleading domains like facebook-verify-inc.com, instagramhjack.com and videocall-whatsapp...

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