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Hover Email Service Hit by Phishing Attack

January 8, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, hover, TucowsComments Off on Hover Email Service Hit by Phishing Attack

Domain registrar’s personalized email service is target of phishers.

HoverHover Personalized Email, a service from Tucows, is reporting that its members are receiving phishing emails.

The services lets you sign up for a personalized email address using one of Tucows’ 40,000 last name domain names, which it obtained when it acquired NetIdentity. For example, people with the last name Smith can get firstname@smith.net.

Here’s an example of the phishing email:

From: noreply@smith.net [mailto:noreply@smith.net]
Sent: donderdag 7 januari 2010 14:27
To: diana@smith.net
Subject: A new settings file for the diana@smith.net
has just been released

Dear user of the smith.net mailing service!

We are informing you that because of the security upgrade
of the mailing service your mailbox (diana@smith.net) settings
were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings click
on the following link:

http://smith.net/owa/service_directory/settings.php?email=diana
&diana&from=smith.net&fromname=diana

Best regards, smith.net Technical Support.

Of course the link is spoofed in the actual email. Hover stresses that all emails coming from Hover will be clearly identified as being from Hover, not something like smith.net.


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Hover Email Service Hit by Phishing Attack

January 8, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, hover, TucowsComments Off on Hover Email Service Hit by Phishing Attack

Domain registrar’s personalized email service is target of phishers.

HoverHover Personalized Email, a service from Tucows, is reporting that its members are receiving phishing emails.

The services lets you sign up for a personalized email address using one of Tucows’ 40,000 last name domain names, which it obtained when it acquired NetIdentity. For example, people with the last name Smith can get firstname@smith.net.

Here’s an example of the phishing email:

From: noreply@smith.net [mailto:noreply@smith.net]
Sent: donderdag 7 januari 2010 14:27
To: diana@smith.net
Subject: A new settings file for the diana@smith.net
has just been released

Dear user of the smith.net mailing service!

We are informing you that because of the security upgrade
of the mailing service your mailbox (diana@smith.net) settings
were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings click
on the following link:

http://smith.net/owa/service_directory/settings.php?email=diana
&diana&from=smith.net&fromname=diana

Best regards, smith.net Technical Support.

Of course the link is spoofed in the actual email. Hover stresses that all emails coming from Hover will be clearly identified as being from Hover, not something like smith.net.


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Tucows Takes Over Domains from 1stDomain.net [Updated]

January 5, 20101stdomain.net, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, hover, TucowsComments Off on Tucows Takes Over Domains from 1stDomain.net [Updated]

ICANN selects Tucows to receive bulk transfer.

[Update: I have received clarification from Tucows that 1stDomain did not renew its accreditation with ICANN, rather than being terminated due to any sort of breach of contract. Further, it appears that registries did not cut off the registrar's access, but instead 1stDomain did this to facilitate the transfer.] Following the de-accreditation of domain name registrar 1stDomain.net, Tucows has been selected by ICANN to take over its customers’ domain management.

Some registries have cut off 1stDomains’ access, making it difficult for customers to manage their domain names. Tucows will manage the approximately 4,000 domain names through its retail operation Hover. Hover hopes to start emailing access usernames and passwords within the next 48 hours. No domain names should expire in the process since Hover gives a 40 day grace period on expired domain names.

It’s kind of surprising that 1stDomain has any domain names under management, given that its web site looks like it was created in 1994 and its copyright notice extends only to 2005.

Last year Tucows handled a bulk transfer from another de-accredited registrar, Parava. Hopefully this transfer will be easier for Tucows than the last one.


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