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Phishing & Spam Incidences Declined on Hong Kong DNS

The Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company (HKDNR) compiled in a report named ".hk Domain Name Spamvertising & phishing Report" disclosed that a daily average of phishing and spam cases fell from a record of 38 in 2007 to just 3 during January to May 2008, as reported by MisWeb on June 10, 2008.

Officials at the HKDNR disclosed that spammers based in Russia and Canada's online pharmacies have flocked to the unchecked domain name in order to establish themselves online. They said that online scammers flocked to the '.hk' domain as Hong Kong's position as a business hub provided them a cover of legitimacy.

Hence, according to the security specialists, HKDNR has now implemented some very strict policies and measures to tighten and minimize the incidences of security hazards.

According to Jonathan Shea, CEO, HKDNR, the company has been working in co-operation with the Office of the Telecommunications Authority, HK-CERT (Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team) and the Hong Kong Police to monitor and control the situation, as reported by MisWeb on June 10, 2008.

Meanwhile, on account of these initiatives, HKDNR suspended over 14,000 '.hk' domain names by the end of May 2008. Of these, around 85% associated with spamvertising activities while around 15% associated with phishing Websites.

The officials also said that the government too is actively examining the domain name registration policies and procedures. In particular, the officials have implemented harsher documentary requirements in order to fight against suspicious applications to keep up with the rapidly changing environment of the Internet.

Moreover, HKDNR has also taken additional measures to verify online payments for registration of domains. And, the Hong Kong Police regularly informs HKDNR of illegal cases involving '.hk' domains while the HK-CERT helps HKDNR to establish verification guidelines for phishing domains.

Furthermore, in related news, McAfee identified the domains hosting the highest number of risky Websites. It found that 19.2% of the '.hk' sites, it checked, were risky or potentially risky. Other risky potentially sites on '.cn' domain rated 11.8% and on '.info' domain -11.7%.

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