[AfrICANN-discuss] EU plans IP address snatch to battle cybercrime

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Tue May 4 17:19:52 SAST 2010

EU plans IP address snatch to battle cybercrime
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/27/eu_cybercrime/ Proposes new
anti-cybercrime body

By Chris Williams<http://forms.theregister.co.uk/mail_author/?story_url=/2010/04/27/eu_cybercrime/>•
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Posted in Policing <http://www.theregister.co.uk/public_sector/policing/>,
27th April 2010 13:59 GMT

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An international cybercrime centre will be able to revoke domain names and
IP addresses under new proposals by European governments.

The EU Council of Ministers announced the plan yesterday. They want a new
body, possibly based at Europol, the EU police agency, to take on an array
of tasks to combat cybercrime.
 The most eye-catching of the potential centre's briefly-described roles
will be to "adopt a common approach in the fight against cybercrime
internationally, particularly in relation to the revocation of domain names
and IP addresses", the Council of Ministers suggested.

They called on the European Commission to work on the plan, and to draw up
more detailed proposals covering the aim, scope and financing of a new

In the UK, an initiative to revoke domain names suspected of being used for
cybercrime is already being run by Nominet, the not-for-profit private
company that runs the .uk registry. In December, working in cooperation with
police, it pulled the
1,200 allegedly dodgy domains.

Moves to revoke IP addresses are likely to prove more difficult, as they are
allocated by hundreds of individual ISPs, without the centralised database
function provided by Nominet and other European registries. ISPs are likely
to resist any regulatory burden imposed by the EU proposed new cybercrime

The Council of Ministers also suggested the centre could encourage member
state police forces to share information on child abuse images online and
produce annual bloc-wide reports on cybercrime. More vaguely, it would also
liaise with victim and private sector groups, and promote best practices. ®
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