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September 18, 2019 06:58

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Malicious #domains : Scammers distilling safe URLs for phishing purposes

Scammers are improvising new methods to trick visitors into visiting phishing domain names. The new method is utilizing Google Translate, that converts a malicious link into something seemingly innocent. Akamai security researcher Larry Cashdollar, exposed the new domain scam last week: “Using Google Translate does a number of things; it fills the URL (address) bar […]

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.TK domain scam estimated to make over $20,000/month

.TK is quickly becoming a case study in what happens when you give domains away for free. The most prevalent scam now seems to be installing scripts that redirect users through a list of sites. Wherever the user lands, it’s a scam. “Scammers are utilizing free .TK domains to redirect users from hacked sites to […]

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Krebs on Security uses #DomainTools to identify #domains on spamming network #Bitcanal

Brian Krebs, investigative journalist and publisher of the infosec blog Krebs On Security, uses DomainTools to research rogue domain owners. In a recent article, Krebs shared news of how Bitcanal – a Portuguese network – has been aiding spammers by hijacking millions of IP addresses. According to Krebs, security researchers have tracked the suspected theft […]

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Two Australian domain name companies were just hit with close to $2M AUD in fines

ZDNet published a story yesterday about two Australian domain registrars that were hit with close to $2M AUD in fines for scamming their customers. It’s one of the reasons why you should always pay careful attention to any bill you get related to domain names because while sometimes mistakes do happen, scams happen all too […]

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Bad domain karma : NiRA pulls the plug on Nigerian registrar, DomainKing.NG

Nigeria’s Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has pulled the plug on DomainKing.NG, suspending its services. The Nigerian registrar with direct ties to India, has been the focus of an Indian police investigation, after its founders were arrested earlier this month. On top of fraud allegations, potential ties to support of terrorist activities are under investigation. After […]

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New domain registration scam intends to spread malware, ransomware

A new domain registration scam is attempting to spread malware and ransomware via email. The emails, sent by cybercriminals in Russia and Ukraine, pretend to bear domain registration notices. The spear-phishing email reads: Whois Data Reminder Dear customer: You have successfully registered ***.com. Order ID: [redacted] Domain registered date: 2017-01-09 Domain expired date: 2018-01-09 […] […]

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Editorial : Scams, spam and stolen domains

September is upon us, time for the monthly DomainGang Editorial. It’s been an interesting year thus far, and Q4 of 2016 will help define many trends for next year. Several important new gTLDs are set to launch until the end of the year: .Games, .Blog and maybe dot .Web. If you’re either a “poor student” […]

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Don’t get scammed by stephanie@host1-no.info or stephanie@hostgator-domains.info

Domain appraisal scams seem to still be going strong and one of the most recent ones comes from someone claiming to be Stephanie Meyer who represents an investor in Canada who wants to buy your domain name. In one version of the email I’ve seen her identify herself as a representative from Hostgator using the […]

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808 comments later – my “most-commented” post of all time

I wrote a post about a domain name appraisal scam that was stealing money from domain owners back in March of 2012. I just ran the numbers, it is now the post with the most comments in the history of this blog which dates back to October of 2007. This is a scam that has […]

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Hilarious domain offer from PremiumDomains.net

I got an absolutely hilarious domain offer from a company called PremiumDomains.net, they made an offer on a 4L .COM that I own, NGMT.com. Here’s the email they sent me which was just too funny not to share with the rest of you: Hello, According to current market prices at domain auction websites, your domain which is […]

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