Domain Hijacking

I was a victim of a domain name hijacking case. One of my best ever business decisions was to instruct Adlex and they acted swiftly and professionally. They managed to secure the return of my business domain names. I am so grateful to Adam and his team and in my view he is leading lawyer in the field of domain and IT law. Adlex acted with honesty and integrity and I would have no hesitation to recommend them to clients and fellow professionals.

Mr. Z.

What is domain hijacking?

Domain name hijacking involves a third party ("hijacker") gaining control of a domain name by unauthorised means . This is literally domain theft. The hijacker sets out deliberately to steal a domain name from its existing owner and moves it to a new different registrar. It is entirely different to a scenario where a party registers a domain name which has expired because, say, the owner has omitted to renew.

How common is domain theft?

Domain theft happens more often than you might think. We encounter it frequently. Usually the hijacker gains control of the stolen domain by getting hold of the password used by the registrant of the hijacked domain name. In our experience, this generally happens because the password used by the registrant to control the stolen domain name has also been used by the registrant for other online services and the hijacker has somehow managed to find it out.

How can a stolen domain name be recovered?

Obviously our aim is to for the hijacked domain name to be handed back voluntarily via the relevant domain authority / registrar / reseller without the need for legal action, which can be costly, time consuming and difficult. That said, the domain authorities tend to be reluctant to take a domain name away from one person and give it to another without a court order because of concerns about their legal liability. Our role often involves putting a comprehensive legal submission to the relevant authorities in order to encourage them to repatriate the hijacked domain name without having to go to court.

How Adlex Solicitors can you help you with domain hijacking ...

... for a free initial chat and more information, contact Adam Taylor on +44 (0) 207 317 8404 or email

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