DNS Belgium To Begin Taking Fraudulent .BE Websites Offline Within 24 Hours

In its fight against fraudulent websites, DNS Belgium, in partnership with the FPS Economy, will begin suspending .be domain names that are used with fraudulent websites within one day of notification. It’s a move the .be ccTLD manager and the FPS Economy believes will help ensure consumers can trust .be websites.

The new protocol authorises DNS Belgium to delete .be domain names because of their fraudulent nature, at the request of the FPS Economy, a Belgian government agency. The protocol will be used as of 1st December 2018 to block in particular .be domain names which:
are used for fraudulent webshops
host phishing websites (i.e. websites which imitate other websites in order to obtain credit card details, for instance).

The new procedure will be applied only in the event of serious crimes. The registrant has two weeks to react. After six months, the suspended domain name will be deleted.

“This protocol will enable us to take even more targeted action, together with the FPS Economy, against possible abuses where .be domain names are involved,” said Philip Du Bois, general manager of DNS Belgium. “It underscores our ambition for a high quality and safe .be zone which serves as suitable breeding ground for the further development of the internet.”

Presently the FPS Economy could not ask DNS Belgium, the .be country code top level domain manager, to block websites on the basis of the content. A fraudulent website with correct identification data (or identification data that could not be proven to be false) remained unaffected. An application had to be filed with the crown prosecution service first in order to deal with such websites. There are several hundreds of such websites per year. The old procedure is cumbersome and takes at least two weeks, a period during which fraudulent websites can swindle quite a number of consumers.