Domain name hijacking is proliferating around us and it happens everywhere whether in Internet cafes or in secluded rooms. Many people make a living from stealing others’ domain names.
But luckily, there are ways to prevent this from happening. These are common methods of domain hijacking you should be aware of:
- Social engineering or an attempt to pose as a registrar (company that manages domain names) as a way to fool the registrant (owner of the domain name).
- Registering expired email addresses to pose as the registrant and convince the registrar to transfer the ownership of the domain.
- Registering very recently expired domain names and it may happen minutes after the actual expiration. It occurs when the registrant (domain owner) fails to extend the ownership in time.
- Spyware or hacking
- Counterfeiting of account verification data and transfer authorization.
- Data theft by disgruntled employees
- Email server hacking to gain access of email accounts, which allows the hijacker to pose as the registrant
The ultimate motivation of domain name hijacking is money, although others aim to sabotage specific websites. Some domain names are very expensive, especially those that constitute one word or very popular phrases.
Some hijackers would do it just for the sake of challenge, despite the negative reputation they might get. However, often hijackers simply sell the recently acquired domain name to unknowing parties for a significant amount of money.
Redeeming stolen domain name can be very difficult, if it has been sold and legally owned by other parties and the hijacker is nowhere to be found.
Hijackers often spirit away stolen domain names and they try to sell domain names quickly through auctions or other methods.
Often when victims discover that their domain names are no longer in their possession, their domain names have been claimed by third or fourth registrant, which makes it exorbitantly difficult, if not impossible to reclaim them back.
Outright protection is the best way to deal with domain name hijacking. Hijackers are often experts in domain registration service and they know how to take advantage of its common weaknesses.
These preventive measures can help to minimize the possibility of domain name hijacking:
These preventive measures can help to minimize the possibility of domain name hijacking!