Andrew Allemann of Domain Name Wire earlier this week put up a detailed post about Registry Lock stats, using data from DomainTools from the period before the Syrian Electronic Army hack of MelbourneIT. We thought it would be interesting to see if any of the top sites that previously did NOT have Registry Lock, had seen fit to enable it thereafter. So we pulled up the Status details on the Alexa Top 1000 domains, and this is what we found:
Of the approximately 900 sites that did NOT have Registry Lock prior to the SEA hack, only 39 companies have since added Registry Lock to their primary domain. That good news is that is 40% more than prior, the bad news is that there are still over 850 domains that remain unlocked at the registry level.
So who stepped up? A few companies you may have heard of, including: CNN, The Wall Street Journal, HP, Amex, Oracle, IBM and the BBC. There was a predominance of news/journalism sites on the list of 39, not surprising given the prior SEA targets. Oddly, the domain Today.com, owned by NBC, removed Registry Lock last week.
Here is the full list of domains that changed status since August 27th:
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