Feeds

Chinese domain crackdown targets smut sites

Individual website ownership swept away by clean up

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Chinese regulators have started to request business licences and paperwork before allowing future .cn domain registrations.

The move by registrars at the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has been welcomed by security researchers, such as Mikko Hypponen at F-Secure (here), because it is likely to make life more difficult for malware distributors and fraudsters, many of whom have set up shop on Chinese (.cn) domains over recent months.

Domains in the PR of China rank second behind only those in Cameroon (.cm) as the most likely to harbour malware, according to a survey by McAfee published earlier this month.

However, the tightening up of domain registration processes in China isn't without its drawbacks. Local individuals have effectively been barred from registering new domains unless they have some sort of business license, Global Times of China reports. China's official media outlets, meanwhile, report the tightening up of registration regulations as a means to address flaws in the previous system that left the Chinese portion of the interweb awash with smut.

CNNIC intends to verify the identity of existing domain owners of personal sites, with failures to "submit real, accurate and complete information" resulting in site takedowns.

Three domain name registration agents in China - Zhengzhou-based unndc.com, and Beijing-based namerich.cn and xinnet.com - were suspended from offering .cn domain name registrations last Friday over allegations of slack business practices in the granting of domains. More than 10 million .cn domains exist, Global Times of China adds. ®

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers
They're not emails, they're business records, says court
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks
Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls
Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs
BadUSB instructs gadget chips to inject key-presses, redirect net traffic and more
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?