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ICANN Publishes New Report on Domain Registrations Related to COVID-19

14-Nov-2021 | Source : The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) | Visits : 3497
LOS ANGELES - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers organization (ICANN org) announced the publication of a new report, Registrations Related to COVID-19: 18 Months of Data through its Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). The report outlines one of ICANN's many efforts to keep the Domain Name System (DNS) secure, stable, and resilient. The report found that depending on the strength of evidence required, between 1.8% to 6.1% of domains examined could be involved with phishing or malware, according to the official website of ICANN. 

Following the inception of the COVID-19 global pandemic, bad actors began malware and phishing attacks on unsuspecting Internet users. Many headline-grabbing reports cited large numbers of potentially abusive domains on the Internet, but the reports offered limited information about their collection methodology, definitions, and so on, meaning that they could not be easily verified.

In response, ICANN org developed the Domain Name Security Threat Information Collection and Reporting (DNSTICR) project. DNSTICR produces customized reports on recent domain registrations that use COVID-19 pandemic terminology in multiple languages. Lists of potentially troubling domains are combined with third-party background information to provide a fuller context on their activities. The project reports and tracks these security threats and gives up-to-date and actionable intelligence to registrars and others who are able to disrupt these malicious campaigns.

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