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Leading Web Domain Name Registrars Disclose Data Breach

Leading Web Domain Name Registrars Disclose Data Breach

October 31, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Another day, another massive data breach—this time affecting a leading web technology company, as well as both of its subsidiaries, from where millions of customers around the world have purchased domain names for their websites. The world's top domain registrars Web.com, Network Solutions, and Register.com disclosed a security breach that may have resulted in the theft of customers' account information. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Web.com is a leading web technology company that owns both Network Solutions and Register.com. The companies offer web services like web hosting, website design, and online marketing to help people build their own websites. What happened? — In late August 2019, a third-party gained unauthorized access to a "limited number" of the company's computer systems and reportedly accessed millions of records for accounts of current and former customers with Web.com, Network Solutions, and Register.com.
Seized Megaupload Domain Hijacked to Host Malicious Ads

Seized Megaupload Domain Hijacked to Host Malicious Ads

August 27, 2016Mohit Kumar
Well, we all know that the FBI has previously hosting adult videos on the Internet. I still remember the case of PlayPen, the world's largest dark web p*rn*graphy site, which was seized by FBI and ran from agency's own servers to uncover the site's visitors. Now, one of the most popular sites owned and operated by the FBI has been serving adult videos as well. FBI-owned Megaupload.org and several other domains were allegedly serving up ads for "casual s*x," "ad*lt cam chat," "adult affair d*ting," and "live s*x cams" and other 18+ entertainment. Megaupload was once a famous and highly popular site for pirate and copyright contents that agency seized from Kim Dotcom almost five years ago. Since a criminal case against Dotcom is still pending in the United States, the FBI also retained control over several of the company's assets, including cash, cars, and over a dozen of Megaupload former domain names, including Megastuff.co,
How Amazon Employee bought 'Google.com' Domain for Only $12 from Google

How Amazon Employee bought 'Google.com' Domain for Only $12 from Google

October 01, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Difficult to believe this, as we hardly come across such news. But trust me, a person managed to buy no ordinary .com domain, but — Google.com and that too for one whole minute. Sanmay Ved , an ex-Google employee and current-Amazon employee, experienced something of a shock when he found that the world's largest search engine website, Google.com , was " available " for purchase. What's Even More Shocking? It's the cost of the most-trafficked domain in the world — Only $12 . Expecting to get an error message, Ved added the domain to his shopping cart and made payment. The entire purchasing process went through without any difficulty. Within moments, his inbox and Google Webmaster Tools were flooded with webmaster related messages confirming his ownership for Google.com . "The scary part was I had access to the webmaster controls for a minute," Ved said. However, soon he received an order cancellation email and refund fro
New York Times, Twitter and Huffington Post Domains hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

New York Times, Twitter and Huffington Post Domains hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

August 28, 2013Mohit Kumar
Media companies including the New York Times, Twitter and the Huffington Post has been unavailable since Tuesday after the external malicious attack by a group of hackers supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad. For the second time this month, the New York Times' website has gone down. " The New York Times website was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon following an attack on the company's domain name registrar, Melbourne IT ," the Times wrote. In its most recent alleged attack, SEA was apparently able to use what's called a spear phishing attack to gain access to the Australia-based domain registrar for The New York Times website and read: " Hacked by SEA, Your server security is very weak ." It appears the domain name system (DNS) for NYTimes.com was rerouted, but can be found using its numerical Internet Protocol addresses, which is 170.149.168.130. The New York Times website has been restored just now, at least temporarily a
Alert : Phishing scam targeting CloudFlare Customers

Alert : Phishing scam targeting CloudFlare Customers

November 12, 2012Mohit Kumar
From Yesterday CloudFlare Security team receiving various reports of a Phishing Scam, which is targeting customers by saying that " you have exceeded bandwidth ". In a blog post , CloudFlare said, " Some CloudFlare customers are currently being targeted with a phishing email that was not sent by CloudFlare. Please do not click on the links in the email. " Scammer asking users to visit a phishing link (removed from sample for readers security). In case you open the URL, we request you to do not enter your username and password in the URL. Please choose a strong password for CloudFlare to save your Domains.
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