Jeb Bush Has A Domain Problem.  Do You?

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro on Tue, Dec 08, 2015

That sound you hear is a bunch of the staffers at (the official Jeb Bush website) trying to make it seem like they are on top of their web presence. Or is that the Trump team, laughing?  We can't be sure.  

The Washington Post reported yesterday that people who type "" into a browser found themselves redirected to Donald Trump's official site, You read that right -- one of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States has found himself on the wrong side of one of the most basic domain abuse issues. Someone else has registered a similar domain and is using it to confuse the public. Try it: (It's fun!)

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Yes, it's funny for a moment. But in reality it is very scary. In fact, it is potentially devastating.

The massive breach at Anthem earlier this year originated from spear phishing emails that were sent from domains that impersonated Anthem. The employees who recieved the emails did not notice that the emails originated from a rogue address. They unwittingly opened attachments or clicked on links that gave the attackers inside access to Anthem networks. 

Game over.

When others appropriate your web presence by registering or appropriating a similar or easily mistaken domain, they put themselves in a position to confuse your message, siphon revenues or worse. 

How big a problem can it be?...

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Topics: Brand Protection, data breach, scam, brand abuse, Domain Management, cybersquatting, Phishing, gTLD, brandprotect, infographic, cyber threats, online risk, brandjacking, Health Care, OSINT, Jeb Bush, Legal, Spear Phishing, CISO, CSO, InfoSec, Donald Trump, 2016 Elections, Anthem, CMO

Are you concerned about where we’re headed with the WHOIS?

Posted by Rosemary Brkopac on Fri, Jul 05, 2013

It seems like the WHOIS issue was put on the back burner for the last couple of years at ICANN, while issues surrounding  the  introduction of the new gTLD’s moved to the forefront. The WHOIS has always been important to me, as I rely on the information provided to deliver notifications to infractors concerning trademark infringement, cyber squatting and counterfeiting incidents.   The current WHOIS  system is, of course, rife with inaccuracies, with many domain owners hiding behind privacy protection features provided by the registrars as well. I’d always held out hope for a requirement for a thick WHOIS, with accurate registrant information, for all gTLD registries.

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Topics: Domain Management, ICANN, gTLD

Pros and Cons of the Trademark Clearing House

Posted by Elyse Neumann on Mon, Jun 17, 2013

As the time draws closer to the launch of the new gTLD’s more and more organizations have to decide if they want to add their trademark terms to the Trademark Clearing House (TMCH) for protection.  I do see some value in this but there are also a lot of gaps in the system, which I will share with you.  Each company needs to weigh the pros and cons of submitting their trademarks to the TMCH and decide make the most sense for their brands. 

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Topics: trademark issues, Brand Protection, gTLD, trademark

135th INTA Annual Meeting Recap: New gTLDs, Social Media and Bullies, oh my!

Posted by Jamila Hunte on Tue, May 21, 2013

The International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting marked its 135th year in Dallas, Texas.  There was no short supply of cowboy hats and warm southern hospitality to meet the delegates as they convened into downtown Dallas.  At this point, I am not sure what the attendee number will be this year, but they say that it is on track to beat last year’s Washington, DC meeting which opened its doors to 9600 attendees – a new record. 

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Topics: trademark issues, ICANN, gTLD, twitter, INTA

Movers and Shakers in Internet and Trademark Enforcement Attend Philadelphia Conference

Posted by Rosemary Brkopac on Tue, Apr 16, 2013

On March 7–8, 2013, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA was the epicenter for IP practitioners seeking clarity and actionable advice in the areas of global brand portfolio management, enforcement in social media, and opportunities and challenges in the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) landscape. Some 177 participants from around the globe braved blustery conditions to attend nine fast-paced sessions held over two days. 

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Topics: trademark issues, online brand protection, ICANN, gTLD, Internet Threats, trademark, gTLDs

Domain Monitoring: If Someone Wants To Use Your Brand Name They Will

Posted by Elyse Neumann on Wed, Apr 10, 2013

Monitoring newly registered domains has always been an important part of protecting your brand but now with the emergence of the new gTLD’s it has become even more important.  Yes there have been systems put in place like the Trademark Clearing House but all this basically accomplishes is a reporting notification that your exact mark is being registered with a new gTLD .  What about the typo’?  Or trying to have the content removed?  Or monitoring the domain for any change in content once it has been registered?  Also you need to pay for each mark you register to the clearing house so if you are a company with a lot of brands this could get very expensive. 

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Topics: Domain Management, ICANN, gTLD

ICANN Updates: Will New Domains Help Stop Phishing?

Posted by Minal Pithia on Mon, Mar 11, 2013

Imagine an online world where dot EVERYTHING was possible. Now, everything to the right of the dot will no longer be limited to .com, .org, .edu , soon you will see new gTLDs that are dot EVERYTHING. Many financial institutions believe that by creating their own domain extensions for example, “.Barclays” , “.paypal “ or “.bank” can enhance security and customer trust thereby decreasing fraudulent websites.  No doubt, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN’s) new gTLD program is going to change the internet landscape. The question that many internet security experts like myself are asking, is how will all this affect phishing and internet scams?  Phishing is one of the top online threats today and has been around for over a decade now. Why haven’t we been able to get rid of phishing sites for good? Cybercriminals continue to gain from phishing sites because it’s easy and simple to launch.  Every attack is built with end-users emotions in mind. The driving force of success of phishing sites are their social engineering components and manipulation of human emotion. Online users still click on malicious links, fall for scams and get drawn in by enticing phishing emails.  RSA’s 2012 statistics reveal 32, 581 attacks happen on average each month, which is a 19% increase globally compared to 2011.[1] According to APWG, financial companies are continually the most targeted industry. The idea behind the new gTLDs and having for example a .bank domain is to ensure online banking customers that they are on a legitimate banking site.

 But, is it really that simple?

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Topics: Phishing, ICANN, gTLD

New gTLD status update: Are we there yet?

Posted by Jamila Hunte on Thu, Feb 28, 2013

It is 2013 and there is a flurry of activity surrounding the new generic top-level domains (new gTLDs).  Clarifying questions (CQs), enforcement opportunity deadlines and webinars about the new gTLDs have all been a part of this ever changing internet landscape, particularly if you are a trademark owner or applicant.  With the new gTLDs slated to be launched on April 23, where are we now in the process?

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Topics: trademark issues, ICANN, gTLD, trademark

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