Google Apps Domain Renewal Causes Privacy Scare

Friday 13th March 2015 at 2:25pm by Richard Davey

An issue in the Google Apps domain renewal process has been present since 2013, and called out by Cisco's Talos security research team who have now published details.

The cause of the issue is relatively simple, when renewing the domain through partner registrar eNom, the WHOIS record was not protected. The process of protecting this data is however is not standard with all providers. All domains must be registered to an actual address, but a proxy can be entered or purchased in addition to the domain, such as WhoisGuard, in order to secure your privacy and stop your personal data becoming available to the public.

The Talos team warns over unprotected WHOIS records: “It’s possible to mine this information and leverage it for malicious purposes, such as spamming, spear phising or other potential forms of harassment.”

Cisco Talos became aware of this problem and immediately notified the Google security team. Within days the privacy settings were restored to the affected domains, however this will not undo any information already leaked.


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