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The ICANN Board has approved the community recommendation that “the provision of Thick Whois services should become a requirement for all gTLD registries, both existing and future.” MarkMonitor has long supported the migration from ‘thin’ to ‘thick’ Whois, which will improve both quality and ease of access to Whois data, thereby further facilitating intellectual property enforcement online. The ICANN community has debated the merits of migration from ‘thin’ to ‘thick’ Whois for years, as part of the larger Whois Review process. A ‘thick’ Whois, which is currently required of all new gTLDs, and will now be required of all existing gTLDs as... 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
In addition to establishing your brand across social channels and keeping an eye out for those with malicious intent, you need to take appropriate action in order to protect your brand in social media. In the final installment of our series on integrating your social media and brand protection strategies, we’ll discuss a crucial component of mitigating the risks posed by impersonators and counterfeiters: enforcement. Circumstances will dictate your first step and  spoof accounts illustrate this point well. These accounts are sometimes created by satirists and others who wish to parody a company for entertainment purposes.  Contacting an individual to understand... 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
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the second quarter of 2012 is now available. The findings are: Phishing Attack Volume Extends a Four Quarter Growth Trend Phish attack volume rose 7% from the previous quarter to 177,369 attacks. A four quarter rising trend has resulted in an 82% increase from Q2 2011. Growth in Targeted Brands Continues The number of targeted brands increased 2% from the first quarter to 601. This extends a growth trend over three quarters. Attacks per Brand Also Continued to Grow Over the Last Four Quarters Attacks per brand volume grew 4% from Q1 2012 to 295.... Read More

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