Domain Industry News

Facebook Job Opening: Manager, Domains & DNS Resources

I saw a Facebook job listing on LinkedIn that might be appealing to someone with domain name management experience. Facebook is looking to hire a Manager, Domains & DNS Resources. The job is well suited for someone with domain industry experience and expertise.

Here’s an excerpt from the job listing with information about what the position entails:

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):

How Donuts is Working to Prevent Malicious Domain Registrations

One way I learn about domain industry news is through a variety of Google Alerts I have set for various topics and keywords related to domain names. For the past few weeks, a great deal of the Google Alert emails I have received have highlighted articles about domain names that have been registered and used to scam people. This has always been an issue, but it seems to be more prevalent with the current coronavirus pandemic.

Donuts published a blog post discussing a report about malicious .com domain name registrations. The report discussed the steps Verisign made to help mitigate these domain registrations.

In its blog post, Donuts discussed the steps it has been taking to prevent malicious domain registrations in its extensions:

Network Solutions on COVID-19 “We are ready”

Communicating with customers in uncertain times is reassuring and appreciated. Earlier today, I read an Afilias blog post drafted to reassure partners and clients of the company’s “business continuity protocols” that have been enacted to keep the company running during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Afilias is more of a business to business company, and I think that blog post was timely.

This afternoon, I received an email blast signed by Network Solutions CEO Sharon Rowlands. The email let customers know how Network Solutions is prepared to manage customer accounts and maintain services during the outbreak. I do not have many domain names registered at Network Solutions, but I think it was a wise idea to send an email like this to customers. I hope other companies do the same to reassure customers and offer guidance to those in need of assistance.

Here’s the email sent to me today:

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