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One Year Later, Where’s This Russian ‘Crackdown?’

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In March of 2010, ComputerWorld reported that the organization responsible for registering .ru domains, the top-level domain designated for Russia, was planning a crackdown on fraud and inappropriate registrations.

The problem they were seeing involved spammers registering fake sites under the .ru domain so that they could launch spam attacks on other sites.

More than a year after this report, I’m questioning whether this crackdown has even begun: if so, it doesn’t seem to be working. In the past two weeks, I’ve had more than 100 spam comments, launched over three waves, from three different Russian IP addresses.

Those have all been blocked from access now.

Oddly enough, of late, those .ru domains are the only ones leaving spam comments on the site. Fortunately, they aren’t getting through for the world to see; spam software is catching all of it before it posts, which is good.

Still, I have to go in on the back end and remove it, which is still aggravating.

I certainly wouldn’t want to spark a new kind of Cold War, but honestly, the administrators of .ru need to get their act together. If they’re really concerned, as they said last March, about the “cleanness” of the domain, they apparently still have a long way to go.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.