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Hackers Impersonate WordPress To Hijack Domains

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Researchers at Naked Security, the web security arm of the British IT security company Sophos, recently got an e-mail from WordPress. It offered them an upgrade to DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) from DNS (Domain Name System) for their domain. It highlighted the drawbacks of the DNS and the advantages of a domain with DNSSEC over the DNS. If you’re a beginner reading this, DNS is...

US Government To Use HTTPS To Secure Its .gov Websites

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Beginning September 1, 2020, new .gov websites will only be accessible via HTTPS as they will be automatically preloaded, as announced by the U.S Government’s DotGov Program. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) oversees the DotGov Program which handles the .gov TLD. For this purpose, it’s collaborating with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). “We believe the...

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...

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...

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...

US Lawmakers Demand Access To Domain Owner Records

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Coronavirus related domain names have become the new paradise for scammers and fraudsters. A report  by Palo Alto’s Unit 42 researchers published in May found that more than 86,600 domains out of the 1.2 Million newly registered domain names with keywords related to the coronavirus outbreak from March 9 to April 26, 2020 were classified as risky or malicious. On an average, 1,767 such domains...

Nominet suspends 29,000 .uk domains

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Nominet, the .uk domain registry has suspended 28,937 domains this year. The takedowns happened because of the company’s vision to clear the UK’s cyberspace. The registry took the action after 5 out of the 10 companies it collaborates with, sent requests on takedowns. Out of the 28,937 takedowns, 28,606 came from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) which deals with...

US Supreme Court agrees to hear Dot-Com Trademark Issue

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The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case that whether a generic name along with a generic TLD is applicable for a trademark protection. The Supreme Court took the matter under its purview after there were differences between Trademark institutions and lower courts regarding whether Booking.com is a trademark or not. It all began in 2012, when Booking.com applied to get stylized versions...

Communism.com, Stolen and Sold

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Communism.com was stolen claims the online public campaign posted at Communism.org. According to it, “The communism.com domain has been hijacked, it appears, by means of identity theft”. The claimant also wrote that, “I was also the custodian (of Communism.com)”. In a long post the claimant also alleges that other domains: Struggle.net and pix.org were also stolen from her/him. She/He said...

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