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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.

 

SPAMHAUS Scores

Spamhaus is an independent third party “watchdog” and Reputation Block List provider. Spamhaus maintains a regularly updated scorecard on the “badness” of top-level domains that PIR monitors. These are the scores for the largest gTLDs.

SPAMHAUS Average Scores as of 9/8/2021

 

Abuse and Suspensions (through August 30, 2021)

DNS Abuse


Abuse Type 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 YTD
SPAM 17,604 6,208 16,991 18,861 13,003
PHISHING 54 2,696 22,959 6,677 3,574
MALWARE 8 114 990 505 420
BOTNET C&C 1 73 550 350 179
OTHER* 25 12 31 53 12
ANNUAL TOTALS 17,692 9,103 41,434 26,466 17,188
SUSPENDED BY REGISTRAR 1,601 384 1,652 1,887 1,045
SUSPENDED BY REGISTRY 9,160 1,809 4,982 3,094 2,703
TOTAL SUSPENSIONS 10,761 2,193 6,634 4,981 3,748

* Hacking, Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks, 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 the domains flagged for abuse are actually “compromised cases,” where the domains are initially registered for non-abusive purposes, but the registrant’s domain is put to abusive purposes without its consent. Suspension at the registry level is not the appropriate action to deal with a compromised domain; instead the registrar or host should work to get control of the domain back into the registrant’s hands. Additionally, sometimes domains are flagged as abusive by Reputation Block Lists (RBLs) but then “un-flagged” for a variety of reasons.

 

Court Ordered Actions on Domains (through Sept. 8, 2021)

Court Ordered Law Enforcement Actions – Botnets

(Botnet domains either suspended or seized by Law Enforcement Agencies)


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

 

Court Ordered Law Enforcement Actions – Non-Botnets

(Non-Botnet domains either suspended or seized by Law Enforcement Agencies)


Year Number of Domains
2017 30
2018 2
2019 1
2020 2
2021 YTD 14

 

Court Ordered Civil Intellectual Property Enforcement


Year Number of Domains
2017 534
2018 1,128
2019 391
2020 91
2021 YTD 116

 

Suspensions for Limited Categories of Website Content Abuse (through Sept. 8, 2021)

 

Child Sexual Abuse Material

 

Opioid Websites

(Sites that are dedicated to distribution of opioids online)


Year Number of Domains
2019 3
2020 0
2021 YTD 0

 

Other Limited Content

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


Year Number of Domains
2020 12
2021 YTD 3