Domain Name System (DNS) Coordinator Releases Report Based on Four Years of Data
LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In a recently published article reportthe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reported that the aggregate sum of DNS abuses has dropped in “absolute terms and normalized rates” over the past four years, from October 2017 for January 2022. Overall, in January 2022less than one percent of domain names were flagged as posing a potential threat to users.
ICANN’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer provides subject matter expertise and has developed special projects such as the Domain Name Security Threat Intelligence Collection and Reporting (DNSTICR) and the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting System (DAAR) to monitor and report areas of potential security threats. DAAR produces monthly reports that demonstrate concentrations of security-threatening domain names via visuals and aggregate statistics.
ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby, commenting on the report’s recent release, said, “Part of our responsibility as a neutral technical operator of the Internet is to actively share facts and data so that policy makers can make informed policy decisions. These efforts are in line with our commitment to ensuring the Internet is secure, stable and resilient.” He added, “This is the only report of its kind to measure data over a four-year period. Most reports track DNS abuse rates over several months. However, despite the downward trend described in the report, there is still much to be done. The threats against Internet users are real and rapidly changing.”
ICANN defines DNS abuse into five broad categories of harmful activity: botnets, malware, pharming, phishing, and spam (because it is used to spread other DNS security threats). ICANN’s Bylaws and Mission do not allow ICANN to regulate the content of websites.
The report is the latest result of ICANN’s wide-ranging efforts to assess, monitor, and mitigate threats to DNS security. For example, ICANN’s Contractual Compliance team enforces contractual obligations set forth in ICANN’s policies and agreements and publishes notice breach, suspension, termination, and non-renewal in connection with Registrar’s compliance with DNS Abuse Obligations. They also regularly Audit how registrars, entities that offer domain name registration services, and registries, entities that manage registrations in their top-level domains, fulfill their contractual obligations related to DNS abuse .
To learn more about DNS abuse and what ICANN is doing to help understand and mitigate it, visit program webpage on icann.org.
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you must enter an address (a name or number) on your computer or other device. This address must be unique so that computers know where to be. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers around the world. ICANN was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from around the world.