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Domain Profile Information Helps Fight Hacking, Cyber Espionage

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Domain Profile Information Helps Fight Hacking, Cyber Espionage

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know that we often take a bit of a lighthearted look at the ways that domain data aids various kinds of investigations. However, there’s really nothing funny about hacking, cyber espionage, or all-out cyber warfare. The outstanding investigative team at FireEye has recently published reports on […]

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System Patches for Shellshock

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
System Patches for Shellshock

Yesterday, a new vulnerability, now named Shellshock, was exposed in a program named bash. This program is present on most Unix/Linux systems including OS X. You can learn more about this vulnerability in Everything you need to know about the Shellshock Bash bug and Peter Whittaker’s helpful management briefing. Our systems administrators are taking the Shellshock vulnerability seriously. […]

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How to Use Alerts to Get the Scoop on Your Competitors

| August 25, 2011 | 1 Comment
How to Use Alerts to Get the Scoop on Your Competitors

Have you ever read a story on news site or blog about how a well-known company is planning a new product or service, which is based on the domain names it has recently registered? Have you ever wondered how the writer came across their information?

Last week, TechCrunch spotted that Google had become the proud owner of Android.me, for example. Gaming blogs were also filled with the news that Activision had registered over a dozen domains related to possible future games in its Call of Duty franchise. The news that Warner Bros is fighting for the domain TheHangover3.com strongly suggests it is planning another movie sequel.

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How Whois Busted the “IE users are dumb” Hoax

| August 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

If you’re a DomainTools customer, you already know the value of Whois for researching the history of domain names, but not everybody is as savvy.

A hoaxer this week managed to fool some of the world’s most respected news organizations into reporting that Internet Explorer users are “dumber” than users of other browsers, and it was a Whois search that eventually blew the story open.

Dozens of outlets – including CNN, the BBC and Forbes – fell for a story put out by a fake Canadian company called AptiQuant, which claimed to have proved scientifically that IE users have below-average IQs.

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