Massive drop of phishing domains registered at Freenom after Meta sued

The number of phishing domains at Freenom after Meta, Inc.sued dropped dramatically, according to Krebs on Security.

Freenom is a domain name registry service provider for five country code top-level domains (ccTLDs): .cf for the Central African Republic, .ga for Gabon, .gq for Equatorial Guinea, .ml for Mali, and .tk for Tokelau.

Freenom has always waived the registration fees for domains within these country-code domains. However, the registrar retains the right to revoke free domains at any time and redirect the traffic to other websites, which may include adult websites. Numerous reports have been made by Freenom users who have experienced the removal of their free domains from their control and redirection to other websites.

Meta first sued Freenom in December 2022 finding that Freenom was responsible for over half of all new phishing domains from country-code top-level domains. Meta initially requested to keep the case against Freenom private, but the court denied that request. In March 2023, Meta withdrew their lawsuit from December 2022 and filed it again.

According to Meta’s complaint, Freenom offers its services to five specific ccTLDs which are commonly chosen by cybercriminals. Freenom provides free domain name registration services and protects its customers’ identities, even when presented with evidence that the domain names are being used illegally.

Despite receiving notices about infringement or phishing activities from their customers, Freenom continues to allow those same customers to register new domain names that infringe on intellectual property or facilitate phishing.

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