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ICANN Publishes the First Monthly Report on Generic Top-Level Domain Security Threats

4 February 2019

LOS ANGELES – 4 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the first monthly report providing statistics and insight into security threats to generic top-level domains (gTLDs). This report of the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System provides the first in an ongoing series of domain name security threat reports which will be released on a monthly basis. This release is accompanied by a context document explaining the methodology behind the DAAR System. Monthly reports from previous months (January 2018 through Dec 2018) will be published before the end of February 2019.

DAAR was created in response to community requests for neutral, reliable, persistent, and reproducible data from which security threat and abuse analyses could be performed. The DAAR project has produced a system using a published and community-vetted methodology for studying and reporting domain name registration and security threat behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries and registrars. The overarching purpose of DAAR is to aggregate and analyze security threats as monitored by the publicly-available domain reputation providers and report findings to the ICANN community. This data can be used to facilitate informed policy decisions.

DAAR provides only gTLD registry reports at the moment. More detailed registrar portfolio reporting would require identifiable domain name registration data. A system that will collect and analyze the necessary registrar data remains under development. ICANN's Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR) team expects to add registrar reporting in the future. Inclusion of country code TLD (ccTLD) registries, where the ccTLD registry information is voluntarily provided by the ccTLD administrator, is also planned for future releases.

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Access the DAAR January 2019 report here [PDF, 514 KB] and the context document here [PDF, 72 KB].

For more information, visit DAAR's dedicated webpage by clicking here.

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ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.