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.CLUB sees spam double after China promotion

.CLUB Domains has seen the amount of spam in .club double a month after seeing a huge registration spike prompted by a deep discount deal. The registry saw its domains under management go up by about 200,000 names over a few days in early August, largely as a result of a promotion at Chinese registrar […]

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Spamhaus chimes in on spam-after-GDPR claims

Group says there could be many reasons spam hasn’t increased after GDPR. Yes, spam is down since the date GDPR caused Whois records to go dark. But anti-spam group Spamhaus says there are many possible reasons for this, and not having Whois information is hampering its efforts. The back story is this: anti-spam and internet […]

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Whois privacy did NOT increase spam volumes

The advent of more-or-less blanket Whois privacy has not immediately led to the feared uptick in spam, according to researchers. Data from Cisco’s Talos email data service, first highlighted by security company Recorded Future this week, shows spam levels have been basically flat to slightly down since ICANN’s GDPR-inspired new Whois policy came into effect […]

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Barrage of spam from dot .Date #domain names registered at #Namecheap

A barrage of spam has been arriving in the past few days, from dot .Date domain names. The emails contain the typical variety of spam, ranging from weight loss and hair restoration products, to learning how to fly planes. The dot .Date registry is dot Date Limited, which at this time is unavailable at the […]

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Tech giants gunning for AlpNames over new gTLD “abuse”

A small group of large technology companies including Microsoft and Facebook have demanded that ICANN Compliance take a closer look at AlpNames, the budget registrar regularly singled out as a spammers’ favorite. The ad hoc coalition, calling itself the Independent Compliance Working Party, wrote to ICANN last week to ask why the organization is not […]

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#SpamHaus and #domains : February 2018 report of most abused #TLDs

SpamHaus operates a publicly available index of domain name and IP violations, and maintains a list of abusive behavior originating from a large variety of gTLDs and TLDs. How does SpamHaus calculate that? The abusive behavior of domain TLDs is measured as the ratio of abusive domains that exist in a given TLD, to its […]

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Registries reject lower fees for anti-abuse prowess

Registries have largely rejected a proposal for them to be offered financial incentives to lower the amount of abuse in their gTLDs. That’s despite the idea gaining broad support from governments, intellectual property interests and restricted-registration registries. The concept of ICANN offering discounted fees to registries that proactively fight abuse was floated by the Competition, […]

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Battle of the #gTLDs: .XYZ versus .TOP – which one spams?

Domain investing in the new gTLDs is an acquired taste, and the market doesn’t always respond favorably. One of the earliest reactions was to the methodology used by dot .XYZ, adding free domains to matching .com owners’ accounts. That promotion was coordinated with Network Solutions, and Rick Schwartz had a few words to say. At […]

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.Stream, .Science, .GDN top the list of most abused TLDs

SpamHaus monitors the most abused TLDs on the Internet, calculating a “badness” index that is based on the percentage of abusive domains in a given TLD, ccTLD or gTLD. That ratio determines just how bad a TLD is – it’s not an absolute total number of domains, which makes sense as the total numbers of […]

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SpamHaus and domain names : May 2017 report of most abused TLDs

Every month, SpamHaus releases a list of the most abused TLDs. It then calculates an index, based on the percentage of abusive domains in a given TLD, ccTLD or gTLD. In other words, it’s not the absolute number of “bad domains” but the ratio that determines how bad a TLD is. Topping the report for […]

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