Nominet last week published a report [pdf] on .uk domains that showed the number suspended for criminal activity over the past six months is miniscule.
The criminal activity report showed 948 .uk domains were suspended between May and October 2014. This represents less than one-hundredth of a percent (0.009%) of the 10.5 million .uk domains currently registered.
Nominet suspends domains following notification from the police or another law enforcement agency that the domain is being used for criminal activity.
The report also provides an update on domains suspended under Nominetâs offensive names policy, introduced in May this year following recommendations from Lord Macdonald QC. Nine domains were suspended and blocked after a review of all domains on the register when the policy was introduced. A further two have been suspended and blocked in the subsequent six months.
In another report, Netcraft warned of a typosquatting scam taking advantage of the new second level .uk registrations.
According to Netcraft, the scam involves scammers registering domains such as nameco.uk in the hope they will confuse internet users with the newly introduced second level .uk domains and the pre-existing name.co.uk third level domains.
Many of these typosquatting domains are being monetised by displaying ads related to the legitimate domains they are impersonating, or by using referral schemes to redirect visitors to the corresponding legitimate site â or even driving visitors towards competing services, according to Netcraft.