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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 March 31, 2020)

You might notice an increase in raw abuse numbers between 2018 and 2019. No, .ORG isn’t becoming increasingly abused. Instead, we’re getting better at finding and addressing the abuse. We always check our new registrations for abuse, and we’ve improved our processes recently by instituting regular “sweeps” of all .ORG registrations against various reputation service providers. These sweeps have helped us find and address abuse cases that have “slipped through the cracks.” As you can see from our Spamhaus “Badness Score”, we remain the cleanest of all the large gTLDs.


Year Botnet Domain Take Downs
by Court Orders 

Domains Affected

Law Enforcement Seizures
(criminal/non-botnet context)

Number of Domains

Civil IP Enforcement

Number of Domains

2015 90,958 35 2,569
2016 16,320 5 1,247
2017 30,267 30 534
2018 13,927 2 1,128
2019 13,694 1 388
2020 YTD 86,240 2 42

SPAMHAUS Average Scores as of 4/1/2020

Suspensions for Sites Illegally Distributing Opioids


Year Sites Suspended
2019 3