Fake Domain Name Renewal Notices Are Nothing New

Fake domain name renewal notices are nothing new in our industry. Unfortunately it is all too simple to register a domain name, build an authentic looking website and then use publicly available data to target registrants.  Last week we saw … Continue reading…

New gTLDs Pass Two Million Registrations, But Future Cloudy As 4 In 5 Parked

Registrations of domains in the new gTLDs passed the two million mark last weekend, and while some have proved initially successful, the future of many is not assured with promotions and parked domains meaning there are not many out in … Continue reading…

Internet 2020 report research reinforces the need for brand protection

“If consumers came across a bogus website, 78% said they would shun the brand” – so said Gary McIlraith, NetNames CEO at the launch of the widely-covered NetNames Internet 2020 report in London last month. This statistic comes from research … Continue reading…

Alibaba’s new policy – home run or strikeout?

I’ve long since learned to take any statement from a Chinese marketplace declaring that they’re taking additional steps to fight counterfeiting with a hefty pinch of salt and a sceptically raised eyebrow. My experience has generally been that these “improvements” … Continue reading…

Deep problems in the deep web

  When the Silk Road marketplace was shut down in October 2013, many felt the arrest of its owner Ross Ulbricht signaled the end of the dark market as means to sell illegal and unauthorised goods including counterfeits. The intervening … Continue reading…