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Study on Whois Misuse

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  1. Develop First Draft

    Ended: 21 Dec 2013

  2. Open for Comment

    Ended: 23 Dec 2013

  3. Finalize Final Draft

    Ended: 6 Jan 2014

  4. ALAC Vote

    Ended: 11 Jan 2014

  5. Submission

    Submitted: 11 Jan 2014

Submitted a Statement

Submission due: 11 Jan 2014 23:59 UTC


This study, conducted by Carnegie Mellon University's Cylab (CMU), examines the extent to which public Whois contact information for gTLD domain names is misused (i.e. harmful actions such as spam, phishing, identity theft or data theft are taken using gTLD registration data). The findings from the study provide empirical data needed by the ICANN community to assess community concerns about misused Whois contact information, identify the most common forms of misuse, and highlight the effectiveness of anti-harvesting measures in reducing misuse. The findings will also inform future policy development by ICANN and the GNSO in relation to improvements to the Whois system.See public comment in
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