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Registration of coronavirus-related domains levels off

The Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ carried out the monitoring once again of domain name registration in the Russian ccTLDs, which are directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic or measures taken to hold down the spread of the coronavirus in Russia.

As of April 22, 2,832 such domains were registered in .RU and 634 in .РФ. The total number of coronavirus-related domains in the .RU and .РФ ccTLDs is 3,466.

An increase over the week was 278 domain names, which is similar to last week when 299 names were added to the list of suspicious domains. Perhaps the interest to such domains is levelling off and will drop soon.

The Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ will continue to monitor the dynamics in registration of pandemic-related domain names in .RU and .РФ, which will help to quickly identify suspicious registrations and, using the Netoscope scientific and technical project, decrease the potential level of damage from them.

The material published in the Mediacenter section describes what to do if you find a fraudulent website with unverified information on the pandemic, viruses, or signs of phishing. Here you can also find several important pieces of advice from cybersecurity experts to protect oneself from internet criminals:

  • install an antivirus on every device with internet connection (smartphone, tablet, computer);
  • enter your personal account data and bank information only on websites with support of encryption (the address must begin with https://);
  • be careful if you receive an email with information about the coronavirus: check whether the URL link in the letter matches its content (mouse over the link without clicking it: the real URL will appear in the down left part of the screen);
  • don’t open executables (for example, .exe) from unknown addresses;
  • check information on the coronavirus using official sources (in Russia, стопкоронавирус.рф).

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