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DNS expert calls for ‘cooling-off period’ before domain names get activated

Paul Vixie, author of several RFC publications and an expert on DNS and security subjects, proposes a “cooling-off period” before new domains become active.

In the early days of the commercial Internet, the DNS propagation mechanism would take up to 72 hours to enable a domain’s resolution as an active web site.


Paul Vixie.

Vixie’s concern, is that domains that currently resolve seconds after being registered, are being abused by cybercriminals to launch spam and malware campaigns at will. Domains are not costly these days, which makes affordability for nefarious reasons an easy goal.

In an interview with Dark Reading, Vixie states:

“Placing new domain names in a temporary “penalty box” for a few minutes or hours could deter malicious activity … If they still exist then and are not taken down … and are not in a reputation system [blacklist], that means there’s probably nothing wrong with them.”

Vixie proposes that ICANN could impose a waiting period on accredited registrars and licensed registries, but not on ccTDLs. Under this mechanism, domains would be inactive for a short period of time, to combat serial cybercrime from occurring.

For the full article covering this suggestion by Paul Vixie, click here.

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2 Responses to “DNS expert calls for ‘cooling-off period’ before domain names get activated”
  1. Wilson says:

    I think his eyebrows need a cooling off period.

  2. DomainGang says:

    Wilson – A uni-brow seems befitting of a unix guy. 😀

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