China Announces Domain Name Overhaul

According to, Chinese officials have come up with a new set of registration guidelines that could help curb cybercrime on “.cn” domains.

The China Internet Network Information Center will now will require webmasters to submit a paper application and show ID when registering a domain name. Applicants must provide photocopies of both the user’s ID and business licence. McAfee researcher Toralv Dirro says:

This change will make the .cn domain very unattractive for criminals and fraudsters who are looking for domains for which they can register anonymously, preferably paying with stolen credit card information.

A recent McAfee survey of the riskiest domains ranks China second behind Cameroon, reports The Register.

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