OMNI: DNS Policing from Detection to Takedown
OMNI is Blackstone Law Group’s full circle solution to policing the domain name space.
Domain abuse is a cybersecurity blind spot.
OMNI gives an organization full situational awareness of DNS-based threats on the open and deep web, together with in-house expertise to execute legal and ethical takedowns. Provided under the protection of legal privilege, OMNI utilizes a unique methodology to identify domains — and subdomains — that could be used to aback or compromise an organization.
OMNI is a full circle solution: from detection to removal.
DNS intelligence is under-utilized.
Done properly, DNS intelligence can yield actionable and world-wide data on a range of topics, including misinformaton, market saturaton, concepts and business models under development, and compettor intelligence.
Our OMNI intelligence platform has been featured in the media (AP, NY Times, Washington Post, VICE, et al.) for effectively identifying misinformation campaigns relating to the midterm elections and federal officials. OMNI has also been featured and noted for garnering actionable intelligence related to blockchain proliferation and the identification of contraband opioid sales on the open web.
OMNI Identifies Threats Below the Surface Level.
Unregulated and untraceable, subdomains present advanced and serious threats. Subdomains of high-risk findings are investigated for configurations indicating fraud.
Every day, we scour the domain name system to identify newly weaponized domains and subdomains used in advanced spearphishing attacks against hundreds of organizations worldwide, for the sale and distribution of counterfeit materials, and the dissemination of copyrighted or confidential content.
This data is stored in a private repository against which we scan daily for threats to our clients.
OMNI is also able to identify commonalities.
Analyses facilitate assessments of domains under common control of a group of bad actors, allowing for the takedown of multiple domains through a single UDRP proceeding. Such consolidated enforcement efforts save tens of thousands of dollars in legal, investigative, and arbitration fees, per filing, and may potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
Full Circle Services.
OMNI offers a marked advantage over competitors’ services with a full suite of solutions from detection to takedown, including brand protection, typosquatting identification, homographic identification, permutation identification, subdomain identification, phishing / malware protection, threat identification, in-house simultaneous takedown (UDRP), and DNS intelligence function, all at a fixed price.
And all analyses and communications are protected by legal privilege. This critical point is extremely important to any organization that is highly regulated or could potentially be involved in litigation with respect to data breaches or consumer privacy issues.
Policy decisions concerning the structure, mechanics, and organization of the Internet can have tremendous import for businesses large and small. Working with and through the international multi-stakeholder bodies responsible for Internet governance, our lawyers have helped clients understand and indeed shape the future of the Internet.
Starting in 2011, when ICANN's new generic Top-Level Domain program was in its nascent form, our lawyers have advised clients on the implications of expanding the Internet beyond the .com universe.
On behalf of Fortune 500 clients, our lawyers regularly advised and lobbied many different ICANN constituent bodies, such as the Governmental Advisory Committee and Intellectual Property Constituency, on such important matters are trademark protection, rights protection mechanisms, and effective methods of domain name dispute resolution. In one form or another, we advised, negotiated associated services agreements, and prosecuted approximately 200 gTLD applications submitted to ICANN.
Unlike traditional lawyers, we draw not only on legal but also technical backgrounds, and therefore have corresponding experience with matters involving the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and the ability to interact with often-overlooked components of ICANN such as the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), whose deliberations throughout 2016 could have far-reaching implications for companies interested in submitting new or additional gTLD applications.
Domain Names Law
For Domainers and Brand Owners
With information security expertise and significant investigatory experience, we bring added firepower to the table when domain name disputes occur. We have successfully retrieved fraudulently acquired and hijacked domain names that were transferred internationally by employing thorough and forensically sound evidence collection processes. Once collected, we have successfully presented our findings to general counsels, lawyers, and TEACs at both the losing and gaining registrar, and have assisted clients navigate ICANN’s Transfer Undo Request Form (TURF) processes when necessary.
Our long experience and rich understanding of the Domain Name System (DNS) translates well to both the enforcement and defensive sides of Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceedings, and national Dispute Resolution Proceedings (DRPs). On the one hand, we assist brand owners to manage and maintain their domain name portfolios and protect against trademark dilution, counterfeits, typo-squatting, and other headaches and maladies; on the other hand, we protect domainers from the zealous over-enforcement and misuse of legal proceedings to ensure the value of domains and portfolio as a whole are realized.
Within our trusted network of clients and partners, we also help domainers monetize and utilize domain names in a clean, legal, and efficient manner by securing short and long-term leasing of traffic. We help our clients accomplish revenue generation without resort to dubious tactics, such as pay-per-click revenue and trademark infringement, that could jeopardize ownership of domains.
For Registrars and Potential Registrars
Complementing our Internet Governance practice, our lawyers bring a wealth of experience to our practice of domain name law.
We help entities obtain ICANN registrar accreditation and assist them to navigate this arcane process from start to finish. We draft registrar accreditation application responses that are fully compliant with ICANN’s registrar accreditation agreement and all relevant registrar specifications, including business plans, customer service overviews, domain name registration projections.
Once accredited, we actively support our clients and manage third parties to ensure registrar operations ‘go live’ in a timely fashion, and act as transfer emergency action contact (TEAC) once operational.