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Re: [policy] When Tech Meets Policy...
On Aug 12, 2007, at 6:41 AM, John Levine wrote:
The problems with domain tasting more affect web users, with vast number of typosquat parking pages flickering in and out of existence.
Domain tasting clearly affects assessments based upon domains. With millions added and removed daily as part of "no cost" domain tasting programs, the number of transitioning domains has been increased by an order of magnitude. Many of these new domains often appear as possible phishing domains. The high number of tasting domains obscures which are involved in criminal activities. This high number also makes timely notification of possible threats far less practical.
There is no advanced notification of new domains nor reliable information pertaining to domain ownership. There are significant costs associated with analyzing and publishing domain assessment information. Registries blithely ignore this reality by permitting the dangerous activity to continue free of change. Perhaps those harmed by the resulting chaos that domain tasting creates could start a class action. A coalition of financial institutions might prevail in both getting this program to end, and perhaps even require advanced notification of new domains.
Domain tasting is clearly buying criminals critical time due to the resulting high flux created for domain assessments.