As a trustee of the global Internet Community, the .CO Registry is committed to creating a safe and secure namespace for registrants and users worldwide.

Put into effect on December 1, 2010, the Rapid Domain Compliance Process gives the .CO Registry the ability to quickly suspend any .CO domain name, if it’s being used in a manner that appears to threaten the stability, integrity or security of the .CO Registry, or any of its registrar partners – and/or that may put the safety and security of any registrant or user at risk. The process also allows the Registry to take preventive measures to avoid any security threat.

The Rapid Domain Compliance Process may be triggered through a variety of channels, including, among other things, private complaint, public alert, government or enforcement agency outreach, and the on-going monitoring of Registry Services’ industry leading security monitoring labs.

The following are some (but not all) activities that may be subject to rapid domain compliance:

  1. PHISHING: the attempt to acquire personally identifiable information by masquerading as a website other than your own.
  2. PHARMING: the redirection of Internet users to websites other than those the user intends to visit, usually through unauthorized changes to the Hosts file on a victim’s computer or DNS records in DNS servers.
  3. DISSEMINATION OF MALWARE: the intentional creation and distribution of "malicious" software designed to infiltrate a computer system without the owner’s consent, including, without limitation, computer viruses, worms, key loggers and Trojans.
  4. FAST FLUX HOSTING: a technique used to shelter Phishing, Pharming and Malware sites and networks from detection and to frustrate methods employed to defend against such practices, whereby the IP address associated with fraudulent websites are changed rapidly so as to make the true location of the sites difficult to find.
  5. BOTNETTING: the development and use of a command, agent, motor, service or software which is implemented: (1) to remotely control the computer or computer system of anInternet user without their knowledge or consent, (2) to generate direct denial of service (DDOS) attacks.
  6. MALICIOUS HACKING: the attempt to gain unauthorized access (or exceed the level of authorized access) to a computer, information system, user account or profile, database, or security system.
  7. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY: the storage, publication, display and/or dissemination of pornographic materials depicting individuals under the age of majority in the relevant jurisdiction.

.CO reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take any administrative and operational actions necessary, including the use of computer forensics and information security technological services, among other things, in order to implement the Rapid Domain Compliance Process. This may include, among other things, locking, canceling, transferring or otherwise taking down .CO domain names that are the legitimate subject of a claim under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Process (UDRP) as notified by a valid third party dispute resolution service provider.

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