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Cybersecurity Forensics Analysis Using Domain Intelligence Sources

Forensic science has crossed over to the digital world in what is now called “digital or cybersecurity forensics.” And just like their physical crime scene counterparts, cybersecurity forensics experts need to hold on to whatever evidence they have and use it to get one step closer to catching the perpetrator.

Evidence comes in many different forms, but cybercriminals often use domain names and Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure since those assets are practically what makes the Internet work.

When creating botnets for a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, for example, threat actors need to infect hundreds or thousands of devices. Each of these devices has an IP address, and the requests they send to the target’s server may sometimes contain the command-and-control (C&C) server domain. Even with their most effective entry point – phishing emails – the bad guys need to use domain names and subdomains.

How to Contact the Owner of a Domain with WHOIS and Website Contacts Products

How to Contact the Owner of a Domain with WHOIS and Website Contacts Products

The Internet is one giant marketplace. If you are looking for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) option that you can use for your department, a simple Google search will give you dozens of them. Meanwhile, if you need someone to promote your business, the Internet can suggest several influencers depending on your niche. Once you find a company or person that matches your requirements, all of you have to do next is to contact the domain owner or website representative(s).

Contacting them may be easy since chatbots or contact forms are always available. But how can you connect with the owners of hundreds or thousands of domains without going through a chatbot or waiting for someone to answer the customer service line in each and every case? To help you, we explored four different ways to contact the owner of a domain.

How to Trace a Privately Registered Domain’s Owner By Using a WHOIS History Lookup Tool

How to Trace a Privately Registered Domain’s Owner By Using a WHOIS History Lookup Tool

With a myriad of free readily tools available online, it’s not so difficult to find out if someone else already owns a domain you’re eyeing or if that domain is available for purchase or registration. But that’s where most tools stop. Sometimes, more details such as a domain’s ownership history, including current and past registrants’ names and contact details, are hidden since most domain owners opt for privacy protection.

How to Retrieve Domain WHOIS History Data After Redaction

How to Retrieve Domain WHOIS History Data After Redaction

WHOIS information is indispensable for any cybersecurity researcher. It is an essential resource for tracking down registration owners for a variety of reasons that range from settling trademark and cybersquatting disputes to configuring websites. With WHOIS records, a security analyst or website administrator can quickly get in touch with a registrant owner to resolve or file a dispute, transfer a domain with ease, or set up a valid Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate.

Leveraging Cyber Threat Intelligence: Must-Dos for Companies To Prevent Phishing and Other Attacks

Leveraging Cyber Threat Intelligence: Must-Dos for Companies To Prevent Phishing and Other Attacks

While phishing is considered one of the oldest threats in any cyber attacker’s arsenal, it still manages to work. The targeted organization or individual, social engineering bait, and the manner in which information gets stolen or malware is delivered may change. Still, the motivation often remains: to take someone’s details or even identity.

In many phishing scams, cybercriminals opt to create a fake company pretending to offer services that may be hard for users to resist. Such is the case of two confirmed phishing domains we analyze throughout this piece—technoarubacloud[.]com and teichdata[.]at. Any visitor lured to avail themselves of these two fake suppliers’ offerings is likely to be tricked into handing over personally identifiable information (PII) to the criminals behind the bogus sites.

How to Build Attacker Profiles By Using Domain Registration History Records

How to Build Attacker Profiles By Using Domain Registration History Records

Consider this scenario: You just got wind that a prolific cybercriminal has recently been spotted. You want to avoid joining his/her list of victims, of course. The question is how you go about it. Building attacker profiles, notably with WHOIS, might help.

Of course, that has become harder now that much stricter privacy protection laws like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are in effect. Typical WHOIS searches for a list of sites to avoid may no longer work since many domain owners, especially in the European Union (EU), can opt to redact their personal information from registration records.

Knowing a Domain’s Ownership History Can Help You Avoid Getting a Blacklisted Domain

Knowing a Domain’s Ownership History Can Help You Avoid Getting a Blacklisted Domain

When starting an online business or marketing campaign to reach out to more people, one of the most critical tasks is deciding on what domain name to use. You can’t just choose one on a whim — you need to put a lot of thought and research into it as your domain will carry your brand. Your research needs to include the domain name’s ownership history, among other things.

In short, a domain name can make or break an organization. Experts have pointed out the main characteristics of a good domain name, which include:

How MSSPs Can Enhance Network Resilience with the Help of Domain Name History Records

How MSSPs Can Enhance Network Resilience with the Help of Domain Name History Records

Threat management has grown increasingly complex for most organizations — with more endpoints to secure, new compliance pressures to face, and advanced persistent threats (APTs) to monitor. As a result, several organizations have opted to modify their approach to network security by enlisting the help of managed security service providers (MSSPs).

MSSPs combine different approaches to enhance network reliability, ranging from unified threat management (UTM) to threat intelligence analysis. The majority also implement business continuity (BC) solutions, which are especially crucial in the wake of recent global cyberattacks. To facilitate their programs, they incorporate various tools into their security systems, including traditional firewalls, traffic logs, cyber forensic solutions, and threat data feeds.