NEWS FROM THE LAB - Tuesday, October 31, 2006

www.citi.bank Posted by Mikko @ 22:03 GMT

How come we never see rogue domains registered under .gov or .mil? You know, like wwwwhitehouse.gov?

Because not everybody can just go and register whatever domain name they want under those top-level domains.

So how come banks and other financial institutes are operating under the public, free-for-everyone top-level domains - such as .com?

This was the question posed to us by our reader William.

He writes: I read the blog about phishing domain names, and I couldn't help but think "how about a .Bank TLD that was only assigned to registered banks"

The British Museum


If the authorities can make this work with registered museums for the .museum domain, why couldn't they make it work with banks for a new top-level domain - such as .bank?

Of course, bad boys could still register similar-sounding domain names to whatever top-level domain they can. But I bet real banks would move their official online banking systems to .bank domains pretty quickly, and eventually people would get used to this.

For reference:

The British Museum