What is it about?
It has come to our attention that fake suspension notices are being sent as part of a phishing scam. These emails are sent to the registrant email address fetched via the whois record associated with a domain name.
Many Domain Registrars have been affected by this spear-phishing attack as well. You can check the below link for further details :
Sample Email :
===== Start of Fake message =====
In a message dated 10/26/2015 11:09:57 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
The following domain names have been suspended for violation of the PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com Abuse Policy:
Domain Name: DOMAIN.COM
Registrar: PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com
Registrant Name: Dale Hale
Multiple warnings were sent by PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com Spam and Abuse Department to give you an opportunity to address the complaints we have received.
We did not receive a reply from you to these email warnings so we then attempted to contact you via telephone.
We had no choice but to suspend your domain name when you did not respond to our attempts to contact you.
Click here and download (hXXp://lanacion.com.ec/abuse_report.php?DOMAIN.COM) a copy of complaints we have received.
Please contact us by email at mailto:email@example.com for additional information regarding this notification.
Public Domain Registry
Spam and Abuse Department
Abuse Department Hotline: 480-124-0101
===== End of Fake message =====
What needs to be done ?
We request you to kindly ignore these emails and not download any files or take any actions based on instructions from such emails as the attachments might contain malicious files.
Please note that we, KingWebhost, or the Public Domain Registry, will never send a suspension notice from the abuse email address.
Kindly contact our support team in case of any further queries.
Thursday, November 5, 2015