Cyber Crime – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cyber Crime – 32 32 Does the U.S. government want to seize The Pirate Bay’s domain? Thu, 08 Jul 2010 19:44:26 +0000 us-governmentbittorrent site. Despite a government raid, large fines and jail time, the site is more popular than ever.
But according to TorrentFreak, the United States government planned an operation in coordination with ICANN to seize

As part of a campaign called ‘Operation In Our Sites,’ the government has already illegally seized the domains of nine movie streaming sites.
According to an insider source at TorrentFreak, ICANN took control of the domains and then handed them to the government– in clear violation of domain owner rights.

The government was poised to seize The Pirate Bay’s domain as well as, but changed its mind at the last minute for some unknown reason.
This does not mean these sites are safe, however. As Professor Pouwelse of the Delft University of Technology put it, “Hollywood lawyers have discovered the soft underbelly of piracy.”

ICANN has declined to comment on the matter.

Hungarian police seize 50 servers in piracy raid Mon, 21 Jun 2010 22:30:20 +0000 Budapest police conducted a raid late last week targeting torrent sites. Visiting several hotels and a technical college, it seized 50 servers containing 500 TB of data. According to police, some of the data was used to aid in the illegal distribution of copyrighted material.

Many of Hungary’s BitTorrent sites are now down. The largest, Ncore, has nearly 900,000 peers. The Pirate Bay, which has servers in Hungary, shut down its Hungarian operations after receiving a warning. One of the main targets of the raid, Bithumen, is still operating from Germany.

The video above shows some of the servers police seized. Hungary undertook two similar raids in 2007 and 2009

ICANN publishes report on seedy registrars Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:58:47 +0000 prison
ICANN, which seems to be cracking down on rule-breaking registrars lately, has published a new report criticizing a number of well-known registrars for unwholesome practices.

Some of the firms mentioned in the document include UK2, Tucows, France Telecom, Enom and AOL. Among other things, ICANN lashed out against several of the registrars for misconfigured WHOIS servers that leave data open to hackers.

Enom caught fire for the services it allegedly provides to illegal online pharmacies. The report states that it, “has transitioned from being a passive service provider to become an active facilitator of illicit criminal traffic, and possibly a knowing accessory.”

Read the full 96-page report here. Now that ICANN has called out these misguided registrars, let’s see the organization take some action.

Source | The Inquirer

Russia changes rules for .ru registration Tue, 25 May 2010 05:57:04 +0000 russian crime
The .ru ccTLD has a long-held reputation as a haven for spam and cyber crime, but recent changes made to the domain’s registration requirements could clean it up.

It used to be very easy for criminals to register .ru names with fake identities. But as of April 1, all registrants have to provide a copy of a passport or business registration papers in order to buy a domain. China implemented a similar system several months ago to clean up its .cn extension.

Will Russia’s actions improve .ru’s reputation? Probably, but by making registration such an inconvenience, many legitimate users will find another TLD to register. And as Rodney Joffe, chief technologist at Neustar put it, “It’s pushing the malicious activity elsewhere. If it’s so much of a hassle, [criminals will] say, ‘Screw it. I’m going to register another top-level domain.'”

Source | PCWorld
Photo | Flickr

Symantec: China is number-one source of malware Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:30:44 +0000 binary
According to a recent study conducted by Symantec, more malware originates from China than any other country– 28.2%, in fact.

Close behind China is Romania, which is responsible for 21.1% of malware. Next was the United States at 13.8%. Symantec found that although the majority of malware appears to come from North American mail servers, the original source is usually abroad.

Interestingly, a great deal of malware now targets people in specific roles rather than the public at large. Individuals with titles such as “director, senior official, vice president, manager, and executive director” tend to be hit with more spam, as do workers in the public policy and defense industries.

Photo | clix

SOCA calls for better WHOIS accuracy Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:46:48 +0000 nca socaCiting recent statistics issued by ICANN stating that 3/4 of WHOIS data is inaccurate, Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is calling for more rigorous accuracy requirements.

SOCA says it is too easy for organised crime to fake domain contact data and wants ICANN to make falsifying contact data more difficult. This would make it much easier to track down scammers, phishers, and other cyber criminals.

Short of verifying every domain registrant’s contact data and instituting criminal penalties for data-fakers, I really don’t see how this is going to happen. Even if more stringent efforts were taken, I’m sure criminals would find a way to bypass them. After all, don’t criminals still manage to get credit cards, passports, and drivers’ licenses all the time?

WIPO rules against cybersquatter Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:36:42 +0000 google sign
In yet another domain dispute victory for Google, the WIPO has ruled against a cybersquatter and in favour of theMountain View company in a case involving the domain

As is generally the norm, Google contended that the domain violated its trademark and that it was being used in bad faith. The registrant, an Indian national by the name of Racha Ravinder, might have been able to put up some form of defense. He put the nail in the coffin with his response to the complaint, however, stating, “I will sell my domain for USD 50,000 only, do you buy it.”

By submitting this statement, Ravinder unknowing committed cybersquatting. If the WIPO didn’t have a reason to hand the name over before his response, it did after.

Source | Express India
Photo | Flickr

Cybersquatting may be on the decline Wed, 20 Jan 2010 16:30:46 +0000 downward graph
Data collected from a number of arbitration panels, including the WIPO and National Arbitration Forum, show that cybersquatting may be on the decline. Last year saw a 9% decline in the number of cybersquatting cases filed overall, a three-year low.

Unfortunately, this decrease does not necessarily mean the number of cybersquatters has gone down. Instead, complainants are saving money by filing for multiple domains at once. The actual number of domains disputed before panels has actually increased.

According to the WIPO and NAF, 90% of cases last year were decided in favour of the complainant.

Domain scammers take advantage of Haiti earthquake Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:19:25 +0000 haiti presidential palace after earthquake
Millions from around the world have donated to help earthquake victims in Haiti. With people so readily giving money, it’s no surprise that domain scammers are trying to take advantage of the situation. As is the norm after all disasters in the Internet age, unscrupulous con artists are registering domains and setting up fake donation sites.

The FBI sent out an alert today warning Americans of this danger. It said to watch out for spam emails and verify the legitimacy of non-profits before donating. According to the Associated Press, more than 400 domains related to the disaster have been registered since Monday. Most of them will likely be used for illegitimate purposes. Unfortunately, most of these scammers will probably never be tracked down and caught.

Photo | Flickr

Chinese government takes two popular domains offline Wed, 06 Jan 2010 16:27:11 +0000 chinese riot squad
Yesterday evening, Chinese web portal and a similar social networking site,, both went offline. This is not normal downtime, however. Rather, the registrar of the two .coms is claiming the names were “rendered unable to resolve” at the request of the Chinese government.

China has a long history of Internet censorship and has just recently started going after domains. Last month, it deleted some 775 adult domains.

The country’s government is able to take domains offline only when the registrar is located in China. The .com TLD itself is operated by an American company. I find it odd that even though a person from China can obtain the go-ahead from the American registry to register an available .com (an automatic process), the Chinese government can remove a registration, even though it has no right to interfere with the transaction whatsoever.

Photo | Flickr