Threat Vendors are Going Mainstream:
Extortion Is Their Business Model!

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Wed, May 27, 2015

I’m just back from a fantastic International Trademark Association (INTA) conference. It is exciting to spend a few days with the foremost practioners in trademark and IP world.  One of the most visible organization there was a registrar, Vox Populi Registrar, Inc., who owns the .SUCKS gTLD.   Their representatives, clad in bright blue and white, were merrily touring the floor, speaking with vendors and attendees, about how much business sense it made to a brand to purchase the .SUCKS domain.  There booth featured a continuous slide show of F500 brands,"using" the .SUCKs domain.  ibm.sucks; ford.sucks; starbucks.sucks. yourcompanyhere.sucks. Outside the conference hall, there were more blue-clad representatives, passing out .SUCKs items that were prohibited in the hall. The Vox Populi message was communicated clearly --  It only costs $2500/year to reserve this gTLD.
"Isn't that a small amount to pay to know that no one else uses it with your brand?..."

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Topics: risk management, brand abuse, online brand protection, Reputation Management, INTA, trademark, intellectual property, Risk, gTLDs, cyber threats, Chief Security Officer, online risk, unauthorized associations

New gTLD’s being released in the next 3 months

Posted by Elyse Neumann

Tue, Nov 05, 2013

BrandProtect would like to help keep our readers informed of the release of the new gTLD’s as they become available.  Below you will see a list of the gTLD’s that will be launched in the next three months.

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Topics: Domain Management, ICANN, gTLDs

Movers and Shakers in Internet and Trademark Enforcement Attend Philadelphia Conference

Posted by Rosemary Brkopac

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

Brand Owners vs. ICANN: The Latest News on the New gTLDs

Posted by Jamila Hunte

Sat, Aug 18, 2012

The new gTLD application period has come and gone and the brave souls who have chosen to venture into this uncharted territory have been revealed.  So where are we now in the saga of the new gTLDs?  Well, there are two things we know for sure:  1) the trademark community continues to have big concerns with the launch of the new gTLDs and 2) the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is moving full steam ahead. 

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Topics: Brand Protection, Domain Management, ICANN, trademark, gTLDs

Reveal Day for New gTLDs Approaching – what comes next for Brand and Trademark Owners?

Posted by Jamila Hunte

Fri, Jun 08, 2012

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Topics: Brand Protection, Domain Management, ICANN, gTLD, gTLDs

In Soviet Russia cybersquatters outsmart you! The TLD you should watch out for

Posted by Adriana Tayraco

Thu, Feb 09, 2012

For years now, cybercriminals had gotten comfortable and pretty much taken over the control of the .ru Top Level Domain (TLD). According to ZeuS tracker, the .ru TLD was the most common TLD associated to criminal activity online. Because nobody likes having their TLD associated with online scumbags, the Coordination Center for TLD RU finally decided to step in and cleaned their reputation by setting up new terms and conditions for anyone to register a .ru domain.

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Topics: Domain Management, cybersquatting, ICANN, gTLDs

You won’t find porn on Vatican.xxx

Posted by Adriana Tayraco

Thu, Dec 29, 2011

Just in time for Christmas, a nasty rumour started spreading indicating that the site vatican.xxx had been purchased by someone not belonging to the religious organization. A spokesperson commented on Vatican radio that they had tried to purchase the domain but that someone had beat them to it. Chaos ensued as the press had a field day speculating on what the content of the new site would be.

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Topics: trademark issues, Brand Protection, Domain Management, Social Media Monitoring, ICANN, gTLDs

And the race is on! Naughty URLs now available to the public

Posted by Adriana Tayraco

Wed, Dec 07, 2011

Accredited registrars can now purchase .XXX domains on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers and ICM Registry have finally released their latest attempt at supervising access to porn sites. The new .XXX domains are meant to filter access to adult content and give Internet users a heads-up of the site’s contents.

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Topics: Malware, trademark issues, Brand Protection, Security, Domain Management, cybersquatting, Reputation Management, ICANN, trademark, gTLDs

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