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No Joke: UDRP Filed Against Joking.com

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A UDRP was filed against the generic one word Joking.com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) today. The case can be found via UDRPSearch.com (confirmed on the NAF website), and it is case #1890577. You will note that this article is being published on April 2, so it is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

Joking.com was created in January of 1997, making it over 23 years old. The domain name is currently registered under privacy proxy at Name.com. At the time of publication, Joking.com does not resolve to an active website of any sort.

Results from Sedo’s 4L .com Auction

Sedo hosted a 4 letter .com domain name auction this past week, and the auction concluded this afternoon. In total, 150 4L .com domain names were sold in the auction, and the results of the auction have been posted below. It looks like around $30,000 USD worth of sales transacted, but the figure is difficult to calculate since there are multiple currencies. The currency for most of the sales is EUR.

The auction concluded today, so I doubt any of these sales closed yet. Sedo will report the sales to DNJournal and NameBio once the domain names are purchased and are transferred to the new buyers.

Results from Sedo’s 4 letter .com domain auction, April 2020:

Facebook Registers Hundreds of CV / COVID Domain Names

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In my morning DomainTools Registrant Alert email, I noticed that Facebook and Instagram registered hundreds of domain names related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. All of the domain names I noticed on the list of new registrations are related to its brands and branding (Facebook, Instagram, FB, and IG) as opposed to being generic CV-related domain names. DomainTools showed that more than 500 Facebook / Instagram domain names were registered in total.

Here’s a quick look at ten of the newly registered domain names to give an idea of what Facebook decided to register:

Hexonet Co-Founder Joins CentralNic

In July of 2019, Hexonet was acquired by CentralNic in a deal that was reportedly worth “up to €10m.” At the time the deal was completed, Hexonet Co-Founder Robbie Birkner announced that he would be leaving the company and the domain industry following the conclusion of the deal.

This morning, CentralNic and Hexonet announced that Robbie would be returning in a larger role within CentralNic, as the Head of Reseller Division. Here’s some of what Hexonet shared about Robbie’s return to the domain industry:

GoDaddy Employee “Fell Victim to a Spear-fishing or Social Engineering Attack”

Earlier today, I published an article about a reported “security incident” involving Escrow.com. In the statement outlining what happened, Escrow.com wrote, “hackers got access to our domain registry account for the Escrow.com domain through a breach of our domain registrar’s systems.” I emphasized the last part of the statement because it seems to lay the blame on the company’s domain registrar rather than the fault of an Escrow.com employee or agent.

A Whois search reveals that the Escrow.com domain name is registered at GoDaddy. I reached out to GoDaddy representatives to see if they could shed some light on this incident. A company representative sent me an email this evening, and it would appear that the issue impacted a handful of customers (who have all been notified). Here’s what I was told by GoDaddy:

Escrow.com Statement on “Security Incident”

Yesterday evening, I received a text message from a colleague asking me if I had seen the Escrow.com website. I had opened a transaction a few hours earlier, and I did no I then did a hard refresh, and I saw that the homepage had been seemingly taken down and there was a message in plain text across the top of the website. I reached out to Escrow.com and was told they were working to resolve the issue, and that it did not involve any unauthorized access to internal data.

I visited Escrow.com this morning, and it appears that the website is up and running. I followed up with a couple of emails this morning asking for more details about what happened and if any internal data or account information was compromised. Jackson Elsegood, General Manager of Escrow.com, just replied to me with a link to a statement about the issue from Freelancer.com CEO Matt Barrie (Freelancer.com owns Escrow.com):

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