IWF Domain Services Application

We are pleased to be able to offer free sponsored access to IWF’s word class domain abuse mitigation services. Through this unique arrangement, supported by PIR, you are able to take advantage of two of our key services designed specifically to combat the misuse of g/cc TLDs used in the distribution of online child sexual abuse images. The services available through this arrangement are: TLD Hopping List and our Domain Alerts.

TLD Hopping is a practice by which criminal sites are taken offline, only to reappear, often with the same content and same name, but under a different top-level domain. For example, “BadAbuseSite[.]com” is suspended, only for “BadAbuseSite[.]de” to appear in its place. The new program makes the TLD Hopping List – which targets the criminal sites that the IWF identified as recognisable abuse “brands” – available free of charge for the first time to all registries. With more registries having access to the list, there will be fewer places for criminals running abuse “brands” to try to register their sites.

The IWF Domain Alerts program provides real-time alerts to participating registries if child sexual abuse content is detected on a domain they operate to allow for fast removal of content before it is further spread online. For domains flagged as having sites dedicated to the distribution of the abusive content, the registry can act directly and suspend the domain. Other sites identified as having harmful content possibly added by third-parties, but not dedicated to the distribution of the abuse materials, will be notified and can remove the harmful content to avoid suspension of the domain.

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We're very grateful to PIR for sponsoring these services to the wider domain registry community.

PIR are providing sponsorship fees only and will not be involved in the sending or receiving of either the Domain Alerts or TLD Hopping List Services.

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