Interpol warns of alarming rise in cyberattacks during COVID

In a new study of August 2020, INTERPOL measured the impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime. The results reveal that while the primary targets of cyberattacks usually remain individuals and SMEs, these have significantly expanded to large organizations and governments during the COVID period, revealing a new underlying trend. The fact that working from home was massively implemented has obviously increased vulnerabilities which cybercriminals have been able to exploit seeking to take advantage of the ... Read More

Phishing, slamming and other fraudulent e-mails: stay alert during the summer holidays!

Every year, the summer holidays often announce the upsurge of fraudulent e-mails mass campaigns. During annual holidays, cybercriminals try to profit from these periods, when the vigilance is sometimes lowering, to launch phishing e-mails. What are phishing and slamming? Phishing is used by cybercriminals to obtain personal information in order to commit an identity theft. In the world of phishing (79% of companies affected in 2019), the slamming is a well-known variant that consists in encourag... Read More

Booking.com, a generic term turning into a brand?

A trademark must be “distinctive”, which is why no one can register a generic term as a trademark. However, a decision of the US Supreme Court on June 30, 2020 allows Booking.com to register its domain name as a trademark. If for USPTO (U.S Patent and Trademark Office), “booking” is a generic term, and adding the .COM would amount to adding “Company” to a name, thus arguing that booking.com cannot be registered as a trademark, the Court decided otherwise. Indeed, it considered that “... Read More

Participate in the .eu Web Awards!

The .eu Web Awards is an online competition, launched in 2014 by EURID, the .eu registry, which rewards the best websites in the .eu, .ею or .ευ extensions, divided into 5 categories: Leaders Rising stars Laurels House of .eu Better world It is possible to apply until 05 August 2020 and the participation is free of charge: https://webawards.eurid.eu/ Once your candidature has been validated, it’s up to the public to vote! The 3 websites under each category that have won the most votes wi... Read More

Abandoned domain names vs renewed domain names: any observations?

As a registrar, Nameshield has an accurate view of the typology of abandoned domain names and domain names kept by their holders when they clean up their portfolio. As in all sectors of activity, phenomena that could be said to be “trendy” can even be seen in cybersquatting and therefore in domain names that are abandoned or maintained. Let’s take the example of typosquatting, there was a time when it was essential to register domain names that included your trademark with as m... Read More

.ZA websites will have to propose a link towards the COVID-19 official website implemented by the government

Since last Thursday, the South African government has imposed to all websites using domain names in .ZA to propose a link that redirects towards the official Covid-19 information website implemented by the government:  www.sacoronavirus.co.za This new rule applies to all .ZA websites, regardless of their content. The two other extensions managed by ZADNA registry, JOBURG and .CAPETOWN are also affected by this rule. In the same logic, the registry also invites Internet services providers to bloc... Read More

Why is the sale of .ORG registry a source of debate?

In November 2019, a press release announced that .ORG registry, Public Interest Registry (PIR), a non-profit organization managed by Internet Society, is going to be sold off to Ethos Capital, a private equity firm. .ORG is the extension for non-profit organizations. The acquisition of PIR by Ethos has quickly concerned the organizations using .ORG, on the basis of the potential misuse of the extension by its new owner, which has, by its very nature, profit motives. The concern? That the registr... Read More

Advices on how to change the domain name without losing its referencing

During a rebranding for marketing purposes, in the context of a merger or an acquisition for example, a company can change its website’s domain name. At the search engines’ level, it is all the pages that change, as if this was a brand new website. Therefore, how not to lose the work done on the SEO and make a successful transition, in particular if the website is old? In the case of a rather old website with an optimal referencing on the existing domain name, transferring a website on a new nam... Read More

The alarming Kaspersky report: nine times more attacks aiming connected objects than in 2018

Last October 15, Kaspersky, the antivirus software company, published an edifying report about the volume of cyberattacks directly aiming connected objects. Although the industry expected that this new generation of objects would be directly targeted by cyberattacks, the increase in the cyberattacks number is alarming and lets easily imagine the security flaws that the connected objects present. According to the estimation presented by Kaspersky, between the beginning of 2018 until mid-2019, the... Read More

Satori Botnet: The hacker facing up to 10 years imprisonment did not act alone

We now know more about the cyberpirate, Nexus Zeta, whose real name is Kenneth Currin Schuchman, who distinguished himself with the creation of the Satori botnet. Pleading guilty to the charges regarding Satori botnet creation, his confessions describe the implementation of this attack using IoT flaws. For reminder, a botnet is a set of infected computers remotely controlled by a cybercriminal. The machines that belong to a botnet are often called “bots” or “zombies”. The aim: to spread a malwar... Read More