Microsoft eventually owns the Corp.com domain name, but Microsoft is not using it to launch a new product or service, but wants to protect it from bad purchases. Microsoft bought the domain name from Wisconsin native Mike O’Connor for about $1.6 million.
the Corp.com domain receives sensitive data from hundreds of thousands of Windows PCs. This is because “corp” is the default Active Directory domain name in Windows Server 2000. Some organizations can modify this path, but a large number of organizations cannot yet.
Therefore, when “corp” is the default Active Directory domain name, there is no problem if employees in the organization try to access it on the corporate network. However, if an employee tries to access the corp path on the public network, Windows will try to resolve the scorp.com public domain because of how DNS domain transfer works.
Microsoft issued the following statement in response to the acquisition of the Corp.com domain name:
“To help secure your system, we encourage customers to follow security practices when planning internal and network domains. We issued a security bulletin in June 2009 and an update to help ensure customer safety. In our ongoing commitment to customer security, we have also acquired the Corp.com domain name. “