2012 has seen an uptick in theft reports to DomainTheft.org with six reports coming-in for the first three days of 2012 with the first theft of the year coming in on January 1st. DomainGang did a post about stolen domain names being reported on NamePros.com as well today so thieves are definitely getting an early start in 2012. As I have said before, a vast majority of domain thefts occur when a thief gains access to your email account. Free email services like GMail, Yahoo, and Hotmail are notorious for having some serious holes that could allow a hacker access to your email.
In many cases the email address is all a thief needs to transfer your domain, often leaving the previous owner with little recourse. One of the theft reports we received recently was from an individual who had their domain stolen and moved to a random registrar in China. After this happened the thief then went a step further and tried to blackmail the previous owner, threatening them and their business. These are serious crimes and we are working with law enforcement and registrars all over the world to help domain owners get their names back!
Our new API is almost finished so soon DomainTheft.org will begin to integrate into some of the top platforms and services on the net. As the reports come flying in we’re working with each and every domain owner to help them every step of the way. If you or someone you know has had a domain name stolen please let us know, we are here to help and it doesn’t cost you a dime!