October 27th, 2012
Someone stole my domain name. As Internet attorneys who specialize in the domain name space, we hear this question and this statement all the time, “Who stole my domain name,” “My domain name is stolen.” These are the types of issues that can cause nightmares for many businesses who rely on their websites and there Internet presence in order to drive revenue, build their brand, drive good will, interact with customers and the like.
The domain name is your address for your web Internet based storefront. When someone engages in domain name theft and steals your domain name, it can be really serious. It can cost you tens, hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars if you do not fix the situation.
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August 16th, 2012
Stolen domain names are all too common in the Internet era. Domain theft happens every day. There are a variety of different schemes that are used in order to steal domain names and really depends on who the players are that are involved.
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May 8th, 2012
I hear it all the time as a domain dispute attorney: Someone stole my domain name. It happens every day, hundreds of times a day. Someone hacks into an email account, which gains access to the domain registrant account with GoDaddy or Network Solutions. All of a sudden, your domain name is lost; someone has stolen your domain name. You’re trying to understand what your options are.
In many instances, these can be extremely serious domain theft matters because your domain name is where your website lives. So, if someone gets control of your domain name as a result of domain name theft, they also can control what is called the DNS, the domain name server, which says what website your domain name is going to point to. So essentially, they can take down your website once they gain control of your stolen domain name.
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April 5th, 2012
Welcome to Cybersquatting Law Radio where domain name, cybersquatting, and trademark domain-name issues are always the hottest topic of discussion. Whether you are a trademark owner who believes they are a victim of cybersquatting or a domain owner wrongly accused of trademark infringement, you will find all the tips you need to protect your rights right here. Continue reading Prevent Domain Theft and Stolen Domain Names »
February 13th, 2012
We often hear “someone stole my domain name” from clients who fail to protect their registrant account with their domain name registrar. Domain theft is extremely common. Oftentimes, a stolen domain name arises from a webmaster, an IT employee or outside vendor who is in control of the domain registrant account, or has access to the registrant login with the registrar. After a falling out, the ex-partner, employee, consultant, webmaster or web hosting company transfers the domain name from the true owner to their own control. The first step in preventing domain theft is to control your domain registrant login account with your registrar of choice.
A stolen domain name can cost you big time. Whoever controls the domain registrant information and login can point the DNS to whatever website they choose. The person who has stolen your domain name can shut down your website instantaneously.
For many companies, domain theft can cost them tens, hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in lost revenue.
Our domain name dispute attorneys can help you protect your domain name assets. Contact us for more information.
January 17th, 2012
This is a post by Bjorn Kassoe Andersen, founder, owner and leader of Direction, a management and communications consulting company based in Denmark, which had its domain, direction.com, stolen back in 2006.
It appears that the person or persons who for a while succeeded in stealing direction.com are also active hackers. A google alert recently notified me about this incident where apparently www.persionwhois.com was defaced. www.zone-h.com Continue reading Sillworks4@gmail.com also hacked persianwhois.com »
September 4th, 2011
This is a post from 09/04/2011 by Bjorn Kassoe Andersen, founder, owner and leader of Direction, a management and communications consulting company based in Denmark, which had its domain, direction.com, stolen back in 2006.
Here is a new option to report a domain name stolen and to check if a domain you are interested in has been reported stolen: http://www.domaintheft.org/ Continue reading New database for domain names reported stolen »
April 29th, 2008
This is a post from 04/29/2008 by Bjorn Kassoe Andersen, founder, owner and leader of Direction, a management and communications consulting company based in Denmark, which had its domain, direction.com, stolen back in 2006.
It appears that the person or persons who for a while took over direction.com are also hackers. A Google search recently made me aware of a defacement of persianwhois.com (captured by h-zone.net). It appears that firstname.lastname@example.org is operated by a hacker or hacker group called OurQuest – and for some reason the city of Shiraz is mentioned. Here is a screen dump of the defacement:
The text at the bottom is written in Iranian slang. It says something like: “What you are up to is queer and childish, you should rather go for the money.” Continue reading Sillworks4@gmail.com also hacked persianwhois.com »
March 8th, 2008
This is a post from 03/08/2008 by Bjorn Kassoe Andersen, founder, owner and leader of Direction, a management and communications consulting company based in Denmark, which had its domain, direction.com, stolen back in 2006.
It looks as if social engineering – that is: tricking people – is the easiest way for someone to steal a domain name. From the owner of sweet.com I received an email sent from email@example.com in which the sender pretends to be the legitimate owner of the domain and tries to trick the ISP to set up a forward in order to gain control over the domain.
I assume this was the method used also when our domain – direction.com – was stolen in late 2006 by someone operating also from firstname.lastname@example.org (and email@example.com). Here is how the email reads:
Thanks for nice services and support,
I’m tried many time to set mail forwarding for my email account, but page will not load after click on Submit button for set mail forwarding!!!
Tried to set: xxx@SWEET.COM forward to firstname.lastname@example.org So, Please check it and try to set this mail forwarding….and send me note when you have done it.
[the name of the administrator of sweet.com]
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February 7th, 2008
This is a post from 02/07/2008 by Bjorn Kassoe Andersen, founder, owner and leader of Direction, a management and communications consulting company based in Denmark, which had its domain, direction.com, stolen back in 2006.
The other day I got a call from a local Danish police officer. This was nine months after I reported to the Danish National IT Crime Investigation Unit (NITEC) that our domain, direction.com, had been stolen. The local officer to whom the case had been referred was kind of sorry to say that he would not investigate the theft and that we would have to recover any losses through civil proceedings. Continue reading Danish Police does not investigate domain theft »