Millions of domain names registered with false information

Millions of domain names registered with false information

US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported that millions of domain names currently registered with the authorities are filled with false or junk information. As per the released report, Approximately 2.3 million domain names have been registered with obviously false information and another 1.6 million were registered with incomplete information.

One of the main reasons behind false or incomplete information submitted to the domain registrar is believed to be the fact that the owners of these domain names want to hide their identities or prevent the public from contacting them. The agency was asked by the US congress to collect this information and if we are to believe the numbers, around 8.6 percent of the 44.9 million addresses checked had these issues.

The contact information related to the domain is made available through a service called WhoIs. This makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to contact the owners of websites in case there are indulging in unfair practices. Relevant agencies also make use of this information to identify the source of spam and help Internet operators resolve technical network issues.

The GAO was asked to check the information registered with the .com, .org, and .net domains. In addition, the congress also asked to determine how much of the wrong information was corrected within a month of being reported to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN oversees the Internet’s technical infrastructure.

As per the policies of ICANN, a website owner can be deprived off his domain if he fails to correct any false or incomplete information submitted to the domain registrar.

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