Over 8000 .uk domain names suspended over the past year for criminal activities

Nominet, the registry operator for .uk (the country code top level domain for the United Kingdom) has published a report with information on .uk domain names suspended for criminal activity over the past 12 months. The number of .uk domains suspended between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2016 has more than doubled year on year to 8049, which represents around 0.08% of the more than 10 million .uk domains currently registered. The suspensions were based on notifications from the police of other law enforcement agencies, such as the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unite, the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit, and the Financial Conduct Authority. Moreover, the report also notes that 2407 domain names were flagged for potential breaches of the offensive names policy, and one suspension was made.