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Anti-Abuse Metrics

.ORG Anti-Abuse Metrics

One of the best things about the .ORG domain is that it consistently ranks highest from a quality standpoint, especially when it comes to abuse. PIR works hard to make sure that the .ORG name space is the cleanest domain space in the industry. When you choose a .ORG domain, you know you’re getting the highest quality domain possible. Check out our metrics and you’ll see how we rank and compare with other domains.

Abuse and Takedown Numbers (through February 28, 2021)

DNS Abuse


Abuse Type 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 YTD
SPAM 17,604 6,208 16,991 18,861 5,037
PHISHING 54 2,696 22,959 6,677 895
MALWARE 8 114 990 505 77
BOTNET C&C 1 73 550 350 77
OTHER* 25 12 31 53 7
ANNUAL TOTALS 17,692 9,103 41,434 26,466 6,363
SUSPENDED BY REGISTRAR 1,601 384 1,652 1,887 718
SUSPENDED BY REGISTRY 9,160 1,809 4,982 3,094 982
TOTAL SUSPENSIONS 10,761 2,193 6,634 4,981 1,700

* Hacking, DDOS, other technical abuses

A natural question from these statistics is: what is the difference between the total number of domains flagged as abusive and the number of domains PIR or the registrar acts upon? Many of these instances are “compromised cases,” where the domains are registered for non-abusive purposes, but the registrant’s domain is put to abusive purposes without its consent. Additionally, sometimes domains are flagged as abusive by Reputation Block Lists (RBLs) but then “un-flagged” for a variety of reasons.

 

Court Ordered Take Downs (through February 28, 2021)

Court Ordered Botnet Take Downs

(domains either suspended or seized by LEA)


Year Number of Domains
2017 30,267
2018 13,927
2019 13,694
2020 86,240
2021 YTD 0

 

Law Enforcement Seizures

(criminal/non-botnet)


Year Number of Domains
2017 30
2018 2
2019 1
2020 2
2021 YTD 4

 

Court Ordered Civil IP Enforcement


Year Number of Domains
2017 534
2018 1,128
2019 391
2020 91
2021 YTD 33

 

Suspensions for Limited Categories of Website Content Abuse (through February 28, 2021)

 

Child Sexual Abuse Material Referrals

 

Opioid Websites


Year Number of Domains
2019 3
2020 0
2021 YTD 0

 

Other

(incitement to violence, domains dedicated to fake Covid-19 “cures,” sites dedicated exclusively to the buying and selling of stolen credit card information, etc.)


Year Number of Domains
2020 9
2021 YTD 0

 

SPAMHAUS Scores

SPAMHAUS Average Scores as of 2/26/2021