[UA-discuss] Blue Coat's Web's Shadiest Neighborhoods and implications on TLD acceptance

Jennifer Gore Standiford JStandiford at web.com
Wed Sep 16 20:31:49 UTC 2015

Ram and UA Members,

Have we requested or received any of the underlying data that supports the stats outlined in the BlueCoat report? I wonder why the .zip extension was referenced as a ‘shady’  considering it hasn’t launched yet.


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From: ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org [mailto:ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org] On Behalf Of Ram Mohan
Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 1:43 PM
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Subject: [UA-discuss] Blue Coat's Web's Shadiest Neighborhoods and implications on TLD acceptance

BlueCoat<https://www.bluecoat.com/company-overview>, a security vendor used by most of the Fortune 500, released a report on the Web’s shadiest TLDs<https://www.bluecoat.com/company/press-releases/blue-coat-reveals-webs-shadiest-neighborhoods> on Sep 1, 2015. They recommend to their 15,000+ customers to block all listed TLDs (report attached). Most of these are new gTLDs.

There are implications for universal acceptance. This will result in some discussion at the upcoming UA Coordination Summit in Horsham tomorrow and Friday. The summit will have a conference bridge for anyone interesting in participating. Don Hollander will provide details.

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The Web’s Top 10 "TLDs with Shady Sites*"

Rank   Top-Level Domain Name     Percentage of Shady Sites

 #1        .zip                                          100.00%

#2        .review                                    100.00%

#3        .country                                  99.97%

#4        .kim                                         99.74%

#5        .cricket                                   99.57%

#6        .science                                  99.35%

#7        .work                                      98.20%

#8        .party                                      98.07%

#9        .gq (Equatorial Guinea)        97.68%

#10      .link                                         96.98%

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