ICANN’s Enforcement of DNS Abuse Requirements: A Look at the First Two Months.

On 5 April 2024, ICANN Contractual Compliance began enforcing new Domain Name System (DNS) abuse obligations applicable to registries and registrars. That was the day that the global amendments to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and the Base Registry Agreement (RA) regarding DNS abuse mitigation obligations became effective. Since then, in addition to the mitigation actions already being taken by registrars and registries, registrars have suspended 2,528 domain names and disabled 328 phishing websites as a result of Compliance’s enforcement efforts. This blog summarizes some of the enforcement actions we have taken since the amendments became effective.

On 5 April 2024, Compliance published new DNS abuse complaint forms, allowing anyone around the globe to report instances of noncompliance with the new DNS abuse requirements. In April and May 2024, we received 1,558 complaints related to DNS and other types of abuse. We closed 1,382 unactionable complaints, the majority of which lacked evidence that the complainant had first submitted its complaint to registrars or registry operators. The next largest group of unactionable complaints was duplicate complaints. The third largest group involved country-code top-level domains, which are outside of Compliance’s enforcement authority.

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