PROTECTING THE INTERNET FROM ONLINE ABUSE
NetBeacon empowers individuals and organizations to report online abuse and provides domain registrars the information and tools they need to act.
WHAT IS ONLINE ABUSE?
Phishing attempts to trick people into sharing important personal information—banking information, logins, passwords, credit card numbers. Information gained in phishing attempts can be sold and used to defraud individual victims.
Malware is software that is created to gain access to a user’s computer to steal information or turn the infected device into a drone in a larger botnet. Malware can appear as legitimate software but with changed code users may not notice.
A botnet is the name given to a network of personal computers or other devices that are infected with malicious software without the individual user’s knowledge. Botnets can be used to send spam and in online attacks against websites or institutions.
Spam is a volume game and is broadly defined as messages that are sent en masse to as many people as possible. Spam is often used to send inappropriate or irrelevant marketing messages, phishing attempts and other attempts at online abuse.
HOW TO REPORT ONLINE ABUSE
If you suspect or have witnessed online abuse, sharing a NetBeacon report is the single most impactful action you can take. A NetBeacon report ensures that the information gets into the right hands.
Sign up or login to the NetBeacon abuse reporting tool with your email or SSO.
Identify the type of abuse and share any details that might help investigators.
Your report will be reviewed and shared with the appropriate bodies for action.
WHO CAN REPORT ABUSE
Anyone that happens upon or falls victim to online abuse can and should use NetBeacon to report it. Reports will be shared with registrars who will use the information provided — individually or in aggregate — to identify and take action against online abuse.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
Law enforcement officials who receive reports of online abuse (scams, phishing attempts, spam, botnets etc) can report online abuse directly or refer complainants to NetBeacon to file a report themselves to flag the incident with registrars to investigate and take action where appropriate.
CONSUMER PROTECTION AGENCIES
Consumer protection agencies NetBeacon replaces many of the ad-hoc methods used by the agencies whose mandate includes protecting people from online harms. With NetBeacon, agencies can report online abuse knowing that the report will reach the appropriate parties who can investigate and take action.
INTERNET SECURITY AGENCIES
NetBeacon greatly simplifies online abuse reporting for Internet security and threat intelligence agencies. NetBeacon replaces numerous, often ad-hoc processes, allowing agencies to report phishing, spam, botnets, malware and other scams and consumer fraud attempts to the appropriate parties.