Recently we have been targeted by an online scam, based in China, due to our digital activism on Tibet we maintain secure operating protocols, thankfully our computers were not compromised and no breach made on our data. The nature of this latest attempt threatens to ‘cyber squat’ a domain name, with the prospect of diverting traffic away and lowering search-engine rankings, it is though an empty intimidation. An email gets sent from a seemingly legit domain registry website that alerts you of a company which is trying to register your domain name in China. This is aimed to produce an over-reaction, a touch of scare-mongering. After all the thought of your site being hit in such a way is a cause for concern. But the scam seeks a response, it’s looking for dialog, and a hook into concerns.
Next you receive an email from the company supposedly seeking to register your domain name, in which they assert that no matter the claimed concerns of copyright abuse they are going to register anyway. This is a second-stage frightener. By now they are hoping you are scrambling around trying to prevent such an action, but just when all seems lost, guess who comes along with a solution? Yep you got it the supposed domain registry website that first contacted you! They offer a secure and lasting way to avoid your hard-earned and respected domain name from being misappropriated, register those URLs with them! Then the sting is completed when they announce that for a reasonable charge they can host the offending domain names and so protect your actual domain from abuse. That is the scam!!! Due to the vigilance and experience of folks who look after our online presence we were able to recognize this criminal action at a very early stage, and so avoid the con.
Meanwhile our Facebook team reached out for advice to an Anonymous activist who has been extremely helpful in our work on Tibet and to our amazement, as an additional layer of protection, she/he registered the offending .cn domain names. While the object of the scam was to threaten the registration of such domains, in reality that was only a bait, in all reality they would not have wasted money registering a number of names. That though misses the main point, the incredible solidarity and generosity offered by Anonymous who took action as a precaution to protect our site https://tibettruth.com
We would love to name the individual and offer our genuine thanks for such support but as Anonymous that’s not possible, she/he knows who they are and so to that person we say ‘Thank you for caring and standing with us in our activism for the just cause of Tibet’s national freedom!’