Pointer to article: http://www.computerworld.com/developmenttopics/websitemgmt/story/0,10801,106935,00.html?source=NLT_WK&nid=106935
I’d call this Internet governance issue number one: at least one out of 10 domains is registered with false contact info.
From an Internet security standpoint, so much depends on the authenticity and accuracy of domain contact info within the Whois database: prosecuting online fraud, tracking malware, canning spam, warding off DDoS, identifying intellectual property violations, and so forth.
I’m shocked that the Working Group for Internet Governance only mentions the Whois database once in its recent 285-page tome on the topic, and only with reference to protecting the privacy of domain owners. ICANN, for its part, clearly hasn’t lit a fire under registrars to investigate, vet, and proof domain owners to a greater degree before registering their domains.
No matter who governs the Internet—ICANN or some body under UN auspices—we can’t rely on a domain registry that’s not authoritative. We can’t have rogue, spoofed, façade domains. They are number one threat to everybody’s trust in the integrity of the entire Internet governance structure. They are obvious harbors for criminal activity.