In this post I will tell you about how the domain names are hacked and how they can be protected. The act of hacking domain names is commonly known as Domain Hijacking. For most of you, the term “domain hijacking” may seem to be like an alien. So, let me first tell you what domain hijacking is all about.
Domain hijacking is a process by which Internet Domain Names are stolen from its legitimate owners. It is also known as domain theft. Before we can proceed to know how to hijack domain names, it is necessary to understand how the domain names operate and how they get associated with a particular web server (website).
The Operation of a Domain Name is as Follows:
Any website say for example gohacking.com consists of two parts. The domain name (gohacking.com) and the web hosting server where the files of the website are actually hosted. In reality, the domain name and the web hosting server (web server) are two different parts and hence they must be integrated before a website can operate successfully. The integration of domain name with the web hosting server is done as follows:
After registering a new domain name, we get a control panel where in we can have a full control of the domain.
From this domain control panel, we point our domain name to the web server where the website’s data (web pages, scripts etc.) are actually hosted.
For a clear understanding let me take up a small example:
Now, whenever an Internet user types “abc.com”, the domain name “abc.com” is resolved to the target web server and the web page is displayed. This is how a website actually works.
What Happens When a Domain Name is Hijacked?
Now, let us see what happens when a domain name is hijacked. To hijack a domain name, you just need to gain access to the domain control panel and point the domain name to some other web server other than the original one. So, to hijack a domain you need not gain access to the target web server.
For example, a hacker gets access to the domain control panel of “abc.com”. From here the hacker re-configures the domain name to point it to some other web server (Z). Now whenever an Internet user tries to access “abc.com” he is taken to the hacker’s website (Z) and not to John’s original site (Y).
In this case the John’s domain name (abc.com) is said to be hijacked.
How the Domain Names are Hijacked?
To hijack a domain name, it is necessary to gain access to the domain control panel of the target domain. For this you need the following ingredients:
The domain registrar name for the target domain.
The administrative email address associated with the target domain.
These information can be obtained by accessing the WHOIS data of the target domain. To get access to the WHOIS data, go to whois.domaintools.com, enter the target domain name and click on Lookup. Once the whois data is loaded, scroll down and you’ll see Whois Record. Under this, you’ll get the “Administrative contact email address”.
To get the domain registrar name, look for the words something like: “Registered through:: XYZ Company”. Here XYZ Company is the domain registrar. In case if you do not find this, scroll up and you’ll see ICANN Registrar under the “Registry Data”. In this case, the ICANN registrar is the actual domain registrar.
The administrative email address associated with the domain is the backdoor to hijack the domain name. It is the key to unlock the domain control panel. So, to take full control of the domain, the hacker will have to hack the administrative email associated with it. Email hacking has been discussed in my earlier post: How to hack an email account.
Once the hacker takes full control of this email account, he will visit the domain registrar’s website and click on forgot password in the login page. There, he will be asked to enter either the domain name or the administrative email address to initiate the password reset process. Once this is done, all the details to reset the password will be sent to the administrative email address.
Since the hacker has the access to this email account, he can easily reset the password of domain control panel. After resetting the password, he logs into the control panel with the new password and from there he can hijack the domain within minutes.
How to Protect the Domain Name from Getting Hijacked?
The best way to protect the domain name is to protect the administrative email account associated with the domain. If you loose this email account, you loose your domain. You can read my earlier post on how to protect your email account from being hacked. Another best way to protect your domain is to go for a private domain registration.
When you register a domain name using the private registration option, all your personal details such as your name, address, phone and administrative email address are hidden from the public.
whenever a hacker performs a WHOIS lookup for your domain name, he will not be able to find your name, phone or the administrative email address. Thus, the private registration provides an extra security and protects your privacy. Even though it costs a few extra bucks, is really is worth for its advantages.
I hope that this article has helped you. You can express your feedback through comments.
With Gmail being one of the most widely used email services across the globe, it has also become a favorite place for many to engage in secret relationships and exchange cheating messages.
As a result, sometimes it becomes inevitable for people to hack the password of their partners’s email account to reveal the secret. Therefore, it’s no wonder why many people want to know how to hack a Gmail password.
In this post, I am going to discuss some of the Real and Foolproof ways that actually work. However, before that I want to make you aware of some of the common myths and scams associated with email hacking.
There is no ready-made software program that can hack Gmail password (or any other email password) with just a click of a button. So, stay away from those websites that are waiting to rip off your pockets by selling fake products.
Most of the email hacking services on the Internet claim to hack any email password for just a small fee of say $100. I have personally tested many of those services and all I can tell you that they are nothing more than a scam.
With my experience of over 10 years in the field of ethical hacking and cyber security, I can tell you that there are only two ways to hack Gmail or any other email password. They are:
1. Keylogging: Easiest Way to Hack Gmail
Keylogging is the easiest way to gain access to any email account. Keylogging involves the use of a small software program called the keylogger. This keylogger when installed on a given computer will capture each and every keystroke typed on the keyboard including all types of passwords.
While some people have a basic understanding of what a keylogger is and how it works, many are completely new to this concept. So, I have compiled some of the most FAQs about keyloggers, so that people who have heard this term for the first time can get a better understanding of keylogger and its working.
Does it require any special knowledge to use keyloggers?
No, absolutely not! Keyloggers are designed in such a way that even the first time users also find it easy to install and control. Anyone with a basic knowledge of computer can use it with ease.
If I install the keylogger program, can the user come to know about its presence?
Right after the installation process is completed, the keylogger goes completely hidden and continues to work in the background. Hence, it is impossible for the users of the computer to know about its presence.
But, what if I do not have physical access to the target computer?
Well, you need not worry as I am going to suggest one of the best keylogger program that supports installation on a local computer as well as a remote computer. I recommend the following keylogger as the best:
How SniperSpy works?
To hack the password, all you need to do is just install SniperSpy (installation takes only a few seconds) on the computer of the target user. When the target user logs into his Gmail account from this computer, the login details (username and password) are captured and uploaded instantly to the SniperSpy servers. You can later access the stored logs to find out the password.
What are the Operating Systems supported by SniperSpy?
SniperSpy is fully compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 and Mac. You can download it from the link below:
Supported Devices: Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, iPhone, Apple iPads, iPods, Android tablets and Symbian phones.
2. Phishing (For advanced users only):
Phishing is a way to capture sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. Phishing usually involves the use of a spoofed web page (or a fake website) whose look and feel is almost identical to that of the legitimate websites like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail. When the users try to login from these fake pages and enter their passwords there, the login details are stolen away by the hacker.
However, creating a fake login page and taking it online to successfully hack the password is not an easy job. It demands an in depth technical knowledge of HTML and scripting languages like PHP, JSP etc. In addition to that, carrying out a phishing attack is a serious criminal offence. So, if you are new to the concept of hacking passwords, then I only recommend using the keyloggers as they are the easiest the safest way to hack any online password.