Abuse regarding .be domain names

DNS Belgium works with a number of security companies and browser developers to keep the .be domain in good health and entirely dependable.  Whenever they uncover any abuse related to a specific .be domain name, DNS Belgium automatically sends a report to the registrant and his or her registrar. It is then the task of the registrant to remove the fraudulent pages.

Registrants are often unaware of the offence being committed because they have been the victim of hacking. The domain name is then used by third parties for fraudulent practices such as phishing, malware and so on. This page will tell you more about the various forms of abuse that can occur on the Internet.

In most cases, these reports also mean that the .be website cannot be accessed by a large number of Internet users, because it is blocked in most browsers or because it has been made inaccessible by antivirus programs, browser plugins or blacklists.  As a result, it is in your interests as the registrant to take appropriate measures as soon as possible.

What steps can you take straight away?

When you receive a report from DNS Belgium about abuse relating to your domain name, we recommend that you remove the fraudulent pages from your website as quickly as possible. In the worst-case scenario, you will have to take your entire website offline (temporarily).


If you do not manage your website yourself, your hosting partner or registrar can help you further. You will find your registrar by entering your domain name in the search bar in the right-hand column of this page, or via this link. After looking up your domain name, click on ‘WHOIS’ behind the .be extension. This will take you to a page where you will find all of the information about your domain name, including the contact details for your registrar.

If you have any questions about the management of your domain name, you can put them to support@dnsbelgium.be  
NB: DNS Belgium cannot help you with removing fraudulent pages from your website. For that reason, you need to contact your hosting partner or registrar.

How can you prevent abuse in the future?

There are lots of ways to protect your website against hacking. If you use a to manage your website, make sure that it is always up-to-date. The best thing also is opt for strong passwords to manage your website. Make a backup of your website at regular intervals.  If you have been the victim of hacking, you can quickly reset a previous version of the website.

The technical setup of your website also determines how secure it is. So be sure to contact your hosting partner or registrar if you have any questions about keeping your website secure.

phishing

Tricksters lure you to a fake website that is a copy of a real one. They then get you to log in with your user name, password and credit card number. Once you’ve done that, the fraudster has your details.

registrar

Is the entity that registers a domain name for a company, organization or person. Next to the “resale” of web addresses registrars can also offer hosting services, web design... 

registrant

Domain owner, person who holds a domain name.

malware

Collective name for harmful or damaging software. Root kits and backdoors come under the heading of malware, as do viruses, Trojan horses, worms and spyware.

Browser

program that makes it possible to access and read web pages. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari are some well-known browsers.

Hosting

rent of a physical space to store a web server which is permanently connected to the internet. This service will typically be offered by your Internet Service Provider.

DNS

Domain Name System or Domain Name Server. The global DNS is the system and protocol used on the internet to translate domain names into IP addresses and vice versa. 

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