Cybercriminals regularly attack websites belonging to well-known companies (such as The New York Times, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, CNN and the BBC) in an attempt to hijack, hack, paralyse or divert traffic by fraudulently accessing domain name registration data and DNS records.
If cybercriminals gain access to domain name registration they can modify information including the destination website to which the domain name resolves.
The consequences are significant and the damage to brand can be especially serious:
- Loss of reputation and effect on corporate image
- Loss of user confidence in the security of customer information
- Loss of sales
- Loss of confidential, business-critical information
Yet there are existing security solutions that mitigate these sorts of attacks by locking down operations that are permissible on strategically important domain names.