HKIRC Reveals Further Drop of .hk Spamvertising and Phishing Cases
Continues to Foster Safe Internet Environment with DNSSEC Joint Tests

HONG KONG, 3 July 2013 – Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) today announced “.hk Domain Name Spamvertising & Phishing Report 2012”, which revealed a significant reduction of .hk spamvertising and phishing cases last year. In order to strengthen security measures and further safeguard the Internet environment, HKIRC has invited the industry to participate in the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) joint tests. The new initiative is aimed to improve security across the Internet domain name system and foster a safe Internet environment for the networked world.

In 2012, the total number of recorded .hk spamvertising and phishing cases was reduced significantly to 12, a 52% decrease from the previous year. This encouraging result reflects the effectiveness of the forceful measures taken by HKIRC, as well as the close cooperation with other authorities including the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (HKCERT). However, cybercrime in Hong Kong has become more prevalent. According to the latest Government InfoSec information, the number of technology crime cases increased 36.7% last year, resulting in a total loss of HK$340.41 million.

“Today's cyber-criminals are trying out more new tricks and are doing so more frequently. At the same time, demand for Internet services is on the rise. Despite the fact that we can continually maintain a low level of .hk spamvertising and phishing websites, we must always be vigilant against the potential threat of malicious websites,” said Mr. Jonathan Shea, CEO of HKIRC. “Hence, HKIRC aims to innovate and introduce stringent security measures, as well as solicit industry support to safeguard the Internet environment and establish Hong Kong as a secure regional Internet hub.”

With the rapid growth of emerging Internet markets, users easily become the unwitting victims of cyber-crimes. In view of this, HKIRC initiated the DNSSEC joint tests in the last quarter of 2012 and invited the industry to participate. DNSSEC is designed to protect the Internet Domain Name System (DNS) from “man-in-the-middle” and cache poisoning attacks. It also allows users to validate and authenticate the content of DNS responses. As a result, DNSSEC ensures protection against the potential threats to network infrastructure and increases trust of online business activities.

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About HKIRC Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) is a non-profit-distributing, non-statutory company limited by guarantee designated by the Government of the HKSAR to undertake the administration of Internet domain names under the .hk and .香港 country code top level domain. HKIRC provides registration services for English domain names ending with,,,,,, .hk and Chinese domain names ending with .公司.香港, .組織.香港, .網絡.香港, .教育.香港, .政府.香港, .個人.香港, .香港, and other domains to be introduced from time to time in Hong Kong.

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