HMLR Changing Email Address Domains For DMARC Implementation

HM Land Registry (HMLR) are warning property stakeholders that their email address is set to change.

From March 2nd, HMLR email domains will change from @landregistry.gov.uk to @mail.landregistry.gov.uk.

The address is changing so HMLR are able to use Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) – a system which helps prevent email spoofing and impersonation.

Email modification fraud was responsible for 72% of all cyber crime reports sent to the Solicitors Regulation Authority last year.

Sophisticated fraudsters have become adept at finding email domains similar or identical to legitimate law firm addresses. They then intercept a communication thread, hijack the conversation and convince clients to part with their information of money.

HMLR has claimed that the change in address is ‘important to increase cyber security for you, our data and the £7 trillion of property we safeguard.’

In the first quarter of 2017, over 330million domain names were registered. Since then registrations have increased to the tune of 3.7% each year.

A domain is vital for any business as it allows you to communicate with customers via email and have a website where you publish content, enabling people to find you on the web.

Domains can be purchased and registered with a number of registrars. However, once a business stops paying for a domain name, and the grace period is over, that domain is then up for grabs for anyone to buy and re-register.

A hacker would be able to search and see which domains are up for grabs, re-register them, find previous emails registered in that domain and reset passwords for a variety of accounts including social media which could then give them unlimited access to even more sensitive files and data.

Recent research conducted by EfficientIP, has revealed that global Governments lose approximately $7m to domain name system (DNS) attacks every year.

This figure is the most amount of money lost in any sector.

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