[NA-Discuss] Online Narcotics (Opioids) Traffic and ICANN Contracted Parties

Wes Boudville wesboudville at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 19:58:43 UTC 2017


Thanks for the update. I was unable to be at yesterday's meeting, but your
remarks are very well put.


On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 11:49 AM, gbruen at knujon.com <gbruen at knujon.com>

> Hello all,
> As mentioned on Monday's NARALO call I have published the results of a
> months-long study of how various U.S.-based ICANN contracted parties handle
> reports of domains engaged in narcotics traffic. The specific narcotics
> here are opioids which are synthetic versions of morphine often mixed with
> other chemicals or time-release mechanisms. Abuse of narcotics is a global
> problem, but has been particularly sharp here in the U.S. in the last few
> year. Cybercriminals respond to news and have become aggressively predatory
> in offering a variety of illicit substances on different domains.
> In simple terms KnujOn collected illegal opioid selling domains and
> reported them in detail to registries, registrars, and ISPs. The illegal
> nature of these domains is particular to U.S. law so only U.S.-based
> companies were measured here. I may release a report later focusing on
> different regions and laws.
> The public report is here: http://knujon.com/onlineopioidsUSfeb2017.pdf
> I have blogged about the report on CircleID:
> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20170215_narcotics_traffic_is_
> not_part_of_a_healthy_domain_system/
> Aside from the seriousness of the issue as an abuse of the DNS, the
> problem from our perspective is the response from some providers in terms
> of policy. The good news is that MOST of the contracted parties and ISPs
> simply reviewed the domains against their policies and then quickly
> terminated them. The bad news is that some Ry/Rg incorrectly claimed the
> "ICANN contract prevented them from acting", that they did not have "the
> technical ability to suspend domains", or that they "could not find
> evidence of illegal activity". One domain became "hidden" after we reported
> it to the registrar but continues to sell Fentanyl, a very dangerous drug.
> This is ultimately about failure of policy. These parties are making a
> choice not to investigate or suspend.
> -Garth
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> Garth Bruen
> gbruen at knujon.com
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