Domain names provide access to trusted content through websites but can also be used for nefarious purposes as well. The key is to make sure that bad actors are not using domain names that include your brands and trademarks. The risk here is that they could mislead your clients and stakeholders into believing that the content is genuine, thus leading to associated reputational harm.
So who is policing the internet?
The answer is it is not coordinated by governmental organisations or supported by international law but, by a range of parties including Microsoft.
Yesterday Microsoft announced that they had successfully taken down 42 domain names and the associated websites that have been used by a Chinese based hacking group called Nickel. The websites from these domain names were used to store data and launch attacks to gather intelligence from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations.
It would appear that nation states are now gathering intelligence in a much easier way than having spies on the ground and in this case the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit led the charge to disrupt the activities of these hackers. But this is just another case of whack a mole and the keyword is disrupt.
Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit is taking down 10,000 malicious websites used by cybercriminals unblocked the registration of another 600,000 to prevent future malicious website activity. no wonder then that Microsoft is trying to encourage industry, government civil society and others to come together to coordinate an approach against this activity.
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