New York
16 March 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

New gTLDs attracting spammers, says IBM


New gTLDs are increasingly attracting spammers, according to a sneak peak of the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2017.

The index, which is due to be published on 29 March, showed that while older gTLDs, such as .com and .info, accounted for a large portion of spam emails, newer strings are seeing increased usage.

Newer gTLDs, such as .click .top and .xyz, are now accounting for 5, 4 and 3 percent of spam emails respectively and, when combined, the top 20 new gTLDs accounted for nearly 22 percent of usage in spam emails in 2016.

Older gTLDs still account for 35 percent of spam emails.

More than six million domains have been registered using .xyz, with only half providing WhoIs information on their registrants, which, according to IBM, is an indicator of “potentially dubious use of the domain”.

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