Internet heavyweights have teamed up to form a non-profit organisation designed to supply internet infrastructure operators with free tools and intelligence in the fight against cybercrime.
Facebook, security intelligence firm, Crowdstrike, Verisign, ESET Anti-Virus, Verizon and the Anti-Phishing Working Group, among others, are putting their support behind the Secure Domain Foundation (SDF).
Cybercrooks have long used domain names to control botnets, distribute malware, and compromise unsuspecting visitors. The SDF’s free API product will give “credit ratings” for customers based on security reputation and contact data validation.
Domain name transactions such as new account creation, domain registration, and record updates can be queried against this trustworthiness database to flag up potential problems.
The database of malicious domains and bad actors has been in development for two years. Domain registrars are being invited to incorporate this contact data validation services into their domain registration processes.
SDF was founded by security researcher Chris Davis, who was involved in the successful Mariposa botnet takedown four years ago and Norm Ritchie, a domain industry expert and one of seven keyholders of the secure root zone.