Russia to clean their domain names

Russian internet service providers will be required to seek identification from people wishing to register a new website, it has been announced.

The International Data Group (IDG) has confirmed reports that domain name consultancies will be acting to cut spam levels and reduce the number of malware-laden sites operating out of the country.

Olga Ermakova, information projects manager for Russia’s coordination centre for top level domains, told IDG that .ru administrators care about the health of the domain.

“We don’t need negative content, and such content is often [created] by unknown users,” she said.

Commenting on the report, Luis Corrons, technical director at security firm Panda Labs, said the move is “a step in the right direction”, but added there is “a long way” for the industry to go.

He said that the Russian government needs to take further action, such as making botnets illegal, to make a real difference.

However, he conceded that malicious web users will simply innovate to circumnavigate any laws, developing new technologies to target internet users if necessary.

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