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Architelos launches new gTLD anti-abuse tool

Kevin Murphy, August 15, 2012, 17:13:05 (UTC), Domain Services

Architelos, having consulted on about 50 new gTLD applications, has refocused on its longer-term software-based game plan with the recent launch of a new anti-abuse tool for registries.

NameSentry is a software-as-a-service offering, currently being trialed by an undisclosed number of potential customers, designed to make it easier to track abusive domains.

Architelos gave us a demo of the web site yesterday.

The service integrates real-time data feeds from up to nine third-party blocklists – such as SURBL and SpamHaus – into one interface, enabling users to see how many domains in their TLD are flagged as abusive.

Users can then drill down to see why each domain has been flagged – whether it’s spamming, phishing, hosting malware, etc – and, with built-in Whois, which registrar is responsible for it.

There’s also the ability to generate custom abuse reports on the fly and to automate the sending of takedown notices to registrars.

CEO Alexa Raad and CTO Michael Young said the service can help streamline the abuse management workflow at TLD registries.

Currently, Architelos is targeting mainly ccTLDs – there’s more of them – but before too long it expects start signing new gTLD registries as they start coming online.

With many new gTLD applicants promising cleaner-than-clean zones, and with governments leaning on their ccTLDs in some countries, there could be some demand for services such as this.

NameSentry is priced on a subscription basis, based on the size of the TLD zone.

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Comments (2)

  1. dont know about tlds but who will stop the .com spamming. According to some survey, 46% of spam website uses .com’s. now that’s called real hurdle.

  2. Rubens Kuhl says:

    .com is near 43% of worldwide domain registrations, so 46% of spam is expected. Some years ago a few studies were done exploring the correlation between spam and the TLDs. I agree with some results and disagree with others, but you can pull the chain here: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20101110_com_the_riskiest_top_level_domain/

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