Combat phishing and malware
We're dedicated to fighting malware and phishing in the .nl zone. That's why we've started Abuse204.nl ('abuse to zero for .nl'). Abuse204.nl is a programme through which we work with registrars to make .nl domain names as unattractive to criminals as we possibly can.
What are malware and phishing?
Malware is harmful software. It includes programs that record what you type or hijack your computer for use in cyberattacks. Criminals often spread malware by 'planting' it on other people's websites without permission.
Phishing typically involves sending an e-mail with a link to a website. So you might get a message that says, 'Use this link to confirm that you want to continue using internet banking.' But, if you click the link, you land on a fake site that looks just like your bank's website. You're then asked to enter sensitive information, such as your account log-in or your PIN. Phishing e-mails used to be easy to spot because they were full of mistakes. But nowadays many are very convincing. Phishing messages are also sent by text, WhatsApp and social media.
If problems are spotted on your site, you''ll get an e-mail
The e-mail will come from Netcraft, our partner in Abuse204.nl. Netcraft specialises in detecting malware and phishing. The e-mails are easy to recognise: they always have '[abuse204.nl]' in the subject line.
What to do if you get an e-mail form Netcraft
Please contact your registrar (hosting service provider), who can help you get rid of infected files. Your registrar can also advise you on preventing anything similar happening again.
If no one tackles the problem, we'll disable your domain name
If the issue that Netcraft e-mails you about isn't dealt with quickly, we may have to intervene. In that case, we'll change your domain name's name servers. Then people won't be able to reach your site, so internet users won't be at risk.
The earliest we'll act is 114 hours after our final warning to everyone associated with the registration.
NB: We intervene only in exceptional cases. And we take a very careful approach to abuse prevention. We'll intervene only after Netcraft has sent multiple messages to the abuse reporting address or the other contact addresses we have for the registrant, the hoster and the registrar, asking for action to be taken. Where possible, we follow up those messages with phone calls or e-mails of our own. And, before we actually take the name off line, we check via another source whether the malware or the phishing content is still live. We also check that disabling the website isn't going to have any disproportionate negative impact.
Disclaimer We are committed to minimising abuse in the .nl zone. And we take a very careful approach to abuse prevention. Nevertheless, because the abuse detection process is largely automated, errors do occasionally occur in the identification of abusive websites. If you've received a report that you think is mistaken, please contact email@example.com.