July 30, 2018

Denmark’s .DK ccTLD undergoes hygiene check, closes 3,000 scam sites

The move has come about due to stringent identity checks and policies introduced in 2017 for both Danish and foreign .DK registrants.

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Danish ccTLD .DK’s administrator Dansk Internet Forum (DIFO) has closed approximately 3,000 scam sites and online shops that were using .DK domain names. With this move, DIFO aims to make .DK a secure and trusted domain to boost its registrations among the business segments in Denmark as well as in foreign countries.

According to DIFO, a large number of online shops using .DK ccTLD were seen engaging in suspicious activities such as selling counterfeit goods. Such activities, DIFO say, could tarnish the image of the Danish ccTLD and instil mistrust amongst its authentic users.

To counter this issue, DIFO say that they introduced detailed identity checks to keep a vigilant eye on malicious activities. By introducing these identity checks, DIFO say that they were able to close 3,000 scam sites since November 2017, only to leave the tally of suspected sites to 475.

Speaking about the method used to do this cleansing exercise, DIFO claimed that they introduced e-mark certificates in alliance with a non-profit organization to inculcate trust and confidence among online buyers. This move, DIFO claimed, reassured users that they were buying goods from an authentic entity.

Explaining this, Jesper Arp-Hansen, CEO of e-mark, commented:

We are very pleased with the excellent result DIFO has achieved by reducing the number of scam web shops that end with .dk. One scam shop is one too many, but at the current level, the .dk zone can be considered to be one of the safest zones in the world.

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