[ALAC] Verisign Service Request - Malware monitoring and Malicious site takedown

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Tue Oct 11 19:20:33 UTC 2011


Verisign has requested ICANN permission to offer a new service under 
the Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSTEP).

There are two services described within the proposed Verisign 
Anti-Abuse Domain Use Policy.
- Periodic scans of websites to identify possible malware
- An anti-abuse policy and procedures to take down sites that violate 
the policy.
They would be applicable to the .com, .net and .name TLDs managed by Verisgin.

The full request can be seen at 
http://www.icann.org/en/registries/rsep/verisign-com-net-name-request-10oct11-en.pdf, 
and there are articles about the request at 
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/11/verisign_asks_for_web_takedown_powers/ 
and 
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/11/verisign-proposes-takedown-procedures-and-malware-scanning-for-com/.

There are already a few comments on the service - see 
http://forum.icann.org/lists/registryservice/.

In theory, ICANN could approve the service in as little as two weeks 
from today. However, in this case I suspect that a longer time will 
be allowed, and perhaps a formal Public Comment period will also be opened.

As you will see from the news articles and the early comments, there 
are a number of issues involved here and the ALAC may well want to 
comment on this Service Request.

Alan



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