How LifeLock Forced the Take-Down of a Malicious Website «

How LifeLock Forced the Take-Down of a Malicious Website



After my interview with “Red” (see LifeLock’s Very Odd Case), I was intrigued as to how the identity theft company was able force a malicious site clean off the web in a matter of hours.

LifeLock’s CEO, Todd Davis, was kind enough to give me some behind the scenes insight into the case.

It all came down to leverage.

When Red told Christine Hamilton of LifeLock that a scam website had been built around his identity, her first step was to track down the ISP that was hosting the site.

As soon as that was determined, LifeLock sent a takedown order to the ISP. Simple.

Of course, a takedown order from a company with 1.8 million subscribers, a company that does nothing but remediate identity theft, is hard to wave off. So the ISP was cooperative.

The fact that the ISP was in the U.S. helped. But Davis told me that, had the site been hosted off-shore, they have techniques for that situation as well.

So there you go. No DoS attacks; no James Bond gadgets. Just a company with a lot of resources taking care of a customer.

 

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