Automated Website Takedowns – Phishing, DMCA & Scams

Automated website takedowns on Bolster's protection platform keep your customers, employees, and brand safe. Learn more about our fully-automated processes.

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60 sec

Mean Time to Response (MTTR)

2 mins

Avg API based takedown time

95%

Without manual intervention

6.5 sec

Submission to global blocklists

24/7

Automated monitoring

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Time is Money: The Bolster Difference

Speedy detection and take down are critical to protecting your business, employees and consumers who spend money on your trusted brand.

Bolster’s automated search and analysis find, analyze and remove sites within two minutes 75% of the time. This is due to Bolster’s relationships with registries and hosting providers who accept the automatic takedown requests through API integrations with Bolster.

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How Legacy Takedown Methods Enable Online Fraud

The longer a fraudulent site stays online, the more loss to the business and risk to consumers. Fraudulent sites selling knock offs draw revenue away from the brands they copy, while in some cases, such as pharmaceuticals, they put consumers at risk. Phishing sites cause financial harm to consumers, employees and their businesses, as well as to the brand being counterfeited.

Legacy online brand protection services that rely on blacklists of known bad sites and human analysis of suspected sites cannot match Bolster’s speed, scale, and accuracy. Issues with jurisdiction, verification, and quality of reporting data are the reasons why most fraudulent site removals take an average of 10 to 12 days without Bolster.

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Automated Takedown FAQ.

DMCA takedowns of brand abusers focus on Digital Copyright infringements based on an outdated 2008 law. DMCA takedowns are difficult to execute, because they:
  • Require site registration, image watermarking, and other maintenance on part of the brand
  • Are mostly self-service, so following up on fraudulent sites means doing your own investigations, working with legal teams, and presenting the evidence.
  • Can also be handled through dispute resolution brokers, DNS services, Whois, attorneys, and other third parties – but for a fee
ICANN-based UDRP takedowns focus mostly on URL cybersquatting, so they can be useful to detect potential phish sites before they are live. But these are also slow and cumbersome because:
  • Takedowns are resolved by agreement, court action, or arbitration before a registrar will cancel, suspend, or transfer a domain name.
  • Complaints must be filed in the proper jurisdiction (which can be many in the case of prolific fraudsters).
  • Complaints can also be handled through approved dispute-resolution broker (same as DMCA) on a per-fee basis.
Yes! Bolster takes down fraud sites in near real-time across as many domainsand hosting providers involved, eradicating this risk to consumers and their trusted brands.
Bolster has relationships with leading registrars and hosting providers who use Bolster’s realtime protection API’s to accept and act on takedown requests. So, 75% of our takedowns occur within minutes through these automated API’s.
Hosting providers that do not use Bolster’s API’s will receive automated emails that present evidence with up to 25 attributes providing irrefutable proof of fraud. Because these reports are evidence-based, hosting providers trust the data and usually take down sites within 24 hours.
Once Bolster analyzes and determines the site tobe fraud, it automatically sends the fraudulent URL with proof of fraud attributes to global blacklists that then stop any rebuild of the site at the registrar level. Bolster also continuously scans for recurrences of fraudulent sites and has them removed the instant it finds them.
Yes, Bolster can detect fraud and phishing sites hosted behind proxy servers, in cloud services, and elsewhere and still achieve the same fast analysis and takedown through Bolster partnerships with registrars and hosting providers.