Preventative actions to safeguard your domains and recover from domain name hijacking

Every year, organizations and individuals around the world fall victim to a preventable and costly cyberattack – domain name hijacking. This attack occurs when a malicious actor takes control of a domain name and gains access or control of the services and resources the domain name refers to, such as websites, email, and customer or user personal information. 


David Conrad is the Chief Technology Officer of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Worse, the compromise of a domain name also compromises all of its existing subdomains. For example, if the top-level domain (TLD) .ZZ is compromised, all second-level domains in .ZZ are at risk of being compromised (e.g. companyname.ZZ), as well as all associated third-level domains (e.g., specific website pages, etc.).