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Traditionally, the financial industry has always been a primary target for phishing attacks. And so far, that trend seems to remain true. In the first half of 2015, 41% of the phishing attacks targeted the financial industry. It’s still an issue and financial institutions must continue to proactively focus on their anti-fraud strategies. But here’s what I think is interesting, when we removed the financial industry from the equation and just looked at phishing trends for key non-financial industries – phishing attacks have practically quadrupled since January 2014. It’s a significant increase that is difficult to ignore. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="731"]... Read More
By now, you’ve likely heard about the Deep Web and the Darknet – but what are they, and should brand owners be concerned about monitoring and enforcing on the nether regions of the Internet? You betcha. The Deep Web, unlike the Surface Web, is comprised of un-indexed webpages, dynamic content pages, and otherwise gated information inaccessible via a regular browsers or search engines. The Surface Web is what we would consider “regular” webpages that can be indexed by search engines. What many people don’t realize is that most of the Internet is actually in the Deep Web, and mainstream browsers will... Read More
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
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