typosquatting belgian DNS is irresponsable
Dns.be says in a reaction to the article published in De Morgen based on research published here and given exclusively untill publication to De Morgen (journalists who want such material can also contact me) that it doesn't want to play 'policeman'. This is to say that you give ownership to a virtual name without any controls that you use in the real world before according a name to a business. This is typical of the way business and security is done online (wild wild west) but is neither professional nor good for business building. In the real world you can't call your firm belgacoom for example.
It is even more irresponsable because domainnames from governmental institutions and portals that should be very well protected because they are used by many people who don't have the proper knowledge or protections to handle such situations or the consequences aren't protected.
So DNS.be is a guardian who doesn't guard, it is just someone receiving money for their monopoly without any obligation or responsability. A capitalist dream.
What should they do ? First they should make a list of all the important domainnames of public institutions and important private firms for which there would be typosquatting defense. Secondly they should block all free domainnames that were given until january and that are used as typosquatting for the simple reason that they are in contradiction with their own rules. Thirdly they should present and implement a simple procedure to stop any site that is typosquatting. Fourth they should mention typosquatting as a explicit reason for transferring the domainnames. Fifth they should engage people that would oversee and control the domain .be for such issues so they can act pro-actively.
No monopoly without responsability.