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Almost half of the data given by applicants for the top five generic top level domains (dot com), .org, .net, .info and .biz – contains evidence of fake, false or incomplete identity information, making it difficult, if not impossible for law enforcement to trace offenders abusing those internet resources. So said Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs, last month. 



After pressure from the EU and the US, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has committed to law enforcement recommendations in its policies, she said. “As more and more of our everyday lives and business transactions happen online so too does criminal activity. Online organised crime ranges from selling stolen credit cards for as little as one euro to advanced identity theft. The threat from online criminal activity is constantly evolving and we must adapt our approach in response.” She stressed the need for co-operation, as the private sector owns and runs most of the infrastructure. The private sector must be given the incentives to improve their own security and to coordinate more with national authorities and with each other, she said. “For example, the private sector can – and should – be better at managing risks and exchanging information when security breaches do occur. We know from experience that a top-down approach with governments trying to mandate better cyber security is bound to fail.” 


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