We are excited to announce the launch of MarkMonitor Brand Protection™ - Mobile Apps. Consumers are flocking to mobile channels to research and make purchases and where consumers go, so do scammers.  With this new offering, brands can detect instances of brand infringement and misuse in popular mobile app marketplaces. By discouraging brand impersonation and false association in mobile channels, companies can reduce customer confusion, reinforce brand trust and protect m-commerce revenues. Why mobile matters: According to Internet Retailer, in 2013 smartphones and tablets made up almost 35 percent of online traffic Internet Retailer also weighed in on sales through mobile... Read More
ICANN has opened the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Whois study on privacy/proxy abuse for public comment. Performed by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), this study is one of many commissioned by the GNSO to examine the current, disparate, and often maligned registration directory service, and aims to measure the hypothesis that “a significant percentage of the domain names used to conduct illegal or harmful Internet activities are registered via privacy and proxy services to obscure the perpetrator’s identity.”  According to ICANN Senior Policy Director Mary Wong, who published a preview of the study last week (ICANN Blog: Results of the... Read More
Over the last 5 years, hacktivists have continued the practice of redirecting well-known domain names to politically motivated websites utilizing tactics such as SQL injection attacks and social engineering schemes to gain access to domain management accounts – and that, in and of itself, is not surprising. But what IS surprising is the fact that less than 15% of the 500 most highly trafficked domains in the world are not utilizing Registry Locking. Granted, Registry Locking is only available across 356 of the top 500 most highly trafficked domains, as not all Registries offer this service. Registry Locking provides an additional... Read More
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the third quarter of 2012 is now available. The findings are: Declines in Phishing Volume, Targeted Brands and Attacks per Brand Reverse Growth Trends Phish attack volume dropped 15 percent from the previous quarter to 150,761 attacks, breaking a 4-quarter rising trend that  began in Q2 2011. The number of targeted brands decreased 4 percent to 576, ending three quarters of growth. Attacks per brand volume declined 11 percent to 262, reversing a rising trend seen over four quarters. Payment Services Overtakes Financial Sector as Most Popular Phishing Sector The Payment Services sector, accounting for almost 35... Read More
With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season staring straight at us, we released our latest study examining e-commerce and counterfeits, the MarkMonitor® Shopping Report. We worked with Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, to analyze anonymized data from Nielsen’s permissioned online panelists in six countries over a nine-month period. Focusing on the apparel and luxury goods segments, we surveyed almost five million shopping sessions and found that one in five bargain hunters in the U.S. and Europe mistakenly shopped on e-commerce sites selling counterfeit goods while looking for deals online.... Read More

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Alison Simpson
With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More