[UA-discuss] Once again

David Conrad david.conrad at icann.org
Wed Jun 27 15:56:37 UTC 2018

I suspect that might be triggered by:

https://info.farsightsecurity.com/farsight-idn-research-report?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axioscodebook&stream=technology <https://info.farsightsecurity.com/farsight-idn-research-report?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axioscodebook&stream=technology>

 From the executive summary:

Among the key findings:

100M total IDN resolutions observed; 27M unique fully qualified domain names (FQDNs)

8,000 IDN homographs representing or containing a top global brand name

Unicode “confusables” make up a significant percentage of the characters found in IDNs; 91% of all characters observed in IDN homographs are considered “confusable” -- a “confusable” is a Unicode code point that is often easily confused with other characters, ligatures, and/or digraphs.

Brands in banking and other related sectors are frequently imitated using IDN homographs with ~750 unique FQDNs observed per month

91% of IDN homographs offered some sort of webpage

We found clear violations of the ICANN Guidelines for the Implementation of Internationalized Domain Names

66% of all IDN homograph IP addresses were found to be geolocated in the United States

93% of IDN homograph FQDNs had IPv4-based address records


> On Jun 27, 2018, at 10:27 AM, Andrew Sullivan <ajs at anvilwalrusden.com> wrote:
> I see, via Slashdot, that the BBC is once again promoting this problem:
> https://it.slashdot.org/story/18/06/26/2031212/scammers-abuse-multilingual-domain-names <https://it.slashdot.org/story/18/06/26/2031212/scammers-abuse-multilingual-domain-names>
> A
> --
> Andrew Sullivan
> ajs at anvilwalrusden.com <mailto:ajs at anvilwalrusden.com>

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