Microsoft buys corp.com domain for $1.6 million to prevent buy-out by malicious buyers

Mike O’Connor, a 70-year-old well-known domain investor, decided in February to simplify his fortune and sell the corp.com domain for $1.7 million. The latest news is that Microsoft has bought the domain for $1.6 million. Microsoft bought the domain name not to launch a new product or service, but to avoid it being bought by malicious buyers.

Microsoft buys corp.com domain for $1.6 million to prevent buy-out by malicious buyers

The domain name Of Corp.com is very sensitive because years of testing have shown that whoever uses it has access to passwords, e-mail, and other proprietary data from hundreds of thousands of systems in companies around the world. This is because “corp” is the default Active Directory domain name in Windows Server 2000. Although organizations can modify this path, many organizations do not.

So when “corp” is the default Active Directory domain name, there will be no problems if the organization’s employees try to access it on the corporate network. However, if an employee tries to access the “corp” path on a public network, Windows will attempt to resolve “corp” to a “corp.com” public domain.

Microsoft provided the following statement for the acquisition of the Corp.com domain name.

To help keep your system secure, we encourage customers to develop secure security practices when planning internal domain names and network names. We released security recommendations and security updates in June 2009 to help our customers stay safe. In our ongoing commitment to customer security, we have also acquired the Corp.com domain name.