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Statton Hammock
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
October 22, 2018
More than four months have passed since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective, resulting in many domain name registries and registrars moving to redact registrant information from their public WHOIS records (including information related to legal entities and persons not located in the European Economic Area; redactions that are beyond the scope of the privacy regulation). Historically, domain name registrant information in WHOIS has been used by cybersecurity experts, brand protection service providers, law enforcement, intellectual property owners, and child protection advocates to identify, contact, and prosecute individuals who propagate websites that sell counterfeit goods and pirated movies, TV... Read More

Portfolio Marketing Manager
A look back at summer piracy numbers
With summer ending, and the first days of fall having passed, now is an ideal time to look back at piracy insights from the summer months. From June 1 through August 31, we monitored more than 420 titles across the popular film and television landscape through our Global Digital Piracy Index (GDPI). As part of our analysis, we looked at overall infringements, which regions accounted for the most piracy and what formats were most popular. Our proprietary GDPI database generates detailed intelligence on how pirated content is consumed online. This unique form of monitoring creates a factual overview around file sharing... Read More
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Forum reveals the expanse of online challenges
Jane Sunderland, of Sunderlaw Strategies, Inc., never imagined that studying biological evolution would someday lead her down a road to data analysis in online protection. But she joined the MarkMonitor Forum as a speaker on that very topic last week. Juxtaposing it with the an ever-developing intellectual property industry, she explained: “It’s about figuring out what the data has to say about trends,” she said. “There have been a lot of changes.” Among those changes – the fact that online protection challenges now span more business departments and industries than ever. In fact, a MarkMonitor report, slated for release this October,... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Protecting your brand in a world with limited WHOIS data
GDPR has impacted all areas of business, but for brand protection professionals and those concerned with protecting intellectual property rights, the consequences have been tremendous. No longer able to view domain registrant contact information for IP enforcement efforts, law enforcement and brand protection professionals need to seek alternative methods for finding information necessary to identify copyright and trademark infringers. So when faced with a lack of access to critical information from the WHOIS database and data privacy issues around GDPR, brand owners should revise methods within their traditional three-step approach which includes investigation, identification and enforcement. A toolkit for brand owners... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Cryptocurrency users falling prey to phishing schemes
Once upon a time, a phishing email would nearly always impersonate a financial organization, would be poorly written and easily recognizable. Today, there are many ways that phishers can target organizations, employees and consumers – and multiple avenues that they take to do so. As society becomes increasingly dependent on online processes, phishers become more innovative in capitalizing on those practices. Case in point? Cryptophishing, a new form of online phishing that has surfaced with the advent of cryptocurrency in online financial practices. We’ll delve into this, but first, let’s review some background on cryptocurrency. What Is cryptocurrency? As of this... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Director
Trust me, I’m unsecured – said no great website ever
The SSL saga continues. Security certificates are becoming increasingly more important for establishing trust as more users transact online. Threats of online identity theft and fraud have led consumers and business partners to demand assurance that personal, financial and business data remains safe. New changes in internet standards and web browsers are giving websites that use HTTPS a leg up and are actively distrusting unsecure sites that remain on HTTP. Mid-October will herald the release of Firefox 63 and Chrome 70. As a result, users who visit websites with missing or outdated SSL certificates will be greeted with security warnings. Managing... Read More

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