Anti-Abuse Metrics and Process

.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 Suspensions

(through July 18, 2024)

 

DNS Abuse

Abuse Type20172018201920202021202220232024 YTD
SPAM 17,604 6,208 16,991 18,861 22,4275,408121142
PHISHING 54 2,696 22,959 6,677 5,9964,44636612094
MALWARE 8 114 990 505 653484477165
BOTNET C&C 1 73 550 350 27813210
OTHER* 25 12 31 53 1151455
ANNUAL TOTALS 17,692 9,103 41,434 26,466 29,46910,48442701406
SUSPENDED BY REGISTRAR 1,601 384 1,652 1,887 1,6601,341320543
SUSPENDED BY REGISTRY 9,160 1,809 4,982 3,094 5,4781,503434452
TOTAL SUSPENSIONS 10,761 2,193 6,634 4,981 7,1382,8441212995

* 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 July 18, 2024)

 

Court Ordered Law Enforcement– Botnets

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

YearNumber of Domains
201730,267
201813,927
201913,694
202086,240
20210
20220
2023 0
2024 YTD0

Court Ordered Law Enforcement Actions – Non-Botnets

(Non-Botnet domains either suspended or seized by Law Enforcement Agencies)
YearNumber of Domains
201730
20182
20191
20202
202114
20220
202350
2024 YTD9

Court Ordered Civil Intellectual Property Enforcement

YearNumber of Domains
2017534
20181,128
2019391
202091
2021150
202256
2023 101
2024 YTD31

 

Suspensions for Limited Categories of Website Content Abuse

(through July 18, 2024)

Child Sexual Abuse Material

Red Cross

(Sites that are dedicated to distribution of opioids online)
YearNumber of Domains
20235
2024 YTD1

Opioid Websites

(Sites that are dedicated to distribution of opioids online)
YearNumber of Domains
20193
20200
20210
20224
20230
2024 YTD0

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.)
YearNumber of Domains
202020
20219
20221
20231
2024 YTD0
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