NetBeacon is a tool created by the DNS Abuse Institute to empower individuals and organizations to report suspected online abuse and to empower registrars to take action against online abuse.
NETBEACON'S MISSION IS TWOFOLD:
1- Make it easy for people to report online abuse
2- Make it easy for industry to act against online abuse, or, more simply, make it harder for online abusers to operate.
WHAT PROBLEMS DOES NETBEACON SOLVE?
Online abuse is a reality and prior to NetBeacon, there has never been one tool, or even one agreed way, for Internet users to report online abuse to the people that can act to stop it.
Abuse reporting made simple
NetBeacon simplifies online abuse reporting for internet users and agencies. At the same time, it standardizes how registrars—the organizations that can take action to prevent further abuse—receive reports and the information those reports contain.
Before NetBeacon, reporting online abuse required a level of knowledge exceedingly few Internet users had or should be required to have. Reporting abuse was an unintentionally difficult and opaque process.
Any public or private agency that reported online abuse would have to build a relationship with individual registrars to share abuse reports. These agencies would also have to create their own custom individual reporting frameworks.
Abuse reports made actionable
Even after overcoming the hurdles to report online abuse, action was far from assured. If the information the registrar received was insufficient to take action, no action could be taken.
A NetBeacon report is signal, not noise. Clear, vetted abuse reports provide registrars the information they need to quickly determine if abuse has occured and if terms of service have been breached, empowering registrars to take decisive action.
CleanDNS was developed by a team of cyber security and investigative professionals who recognized the critical need for a systemized, standardized and customizable process to rein in domain name abuse and shorten the life cycle of domains used for abuse. The CleanDNS platform utilizes an evidence-based workflow that simplifies and accelerates domain abuse mitigation procedures. By facilitating early detection of abuse, CleanDNS assists with detecting likely sources of abuse with tools and processes to effectively mitigate. Visit www.CleanDNS.com for more information.
About the DNS Abuse Institute
The Internet is a powerful agent for positive change. At the same time, there are those that use the Internet to achieve their own negative ends. The non-profit DNS Abuse Institute (DNSAI) exists to act against online abuse, keeping the negative side of the public Internet in check to allow the positive side to flourish.
The DNS Abuse Institute is a project of the Public Internet Registry.
About Public Internet Registry
Public Interest Registry (PIR) is a non-profit organization created by the Internet Society (ISOC), originally to manage the .ORG domain.
Public Internet Registry serves the public interest online. Its globally diverse team is committed to providing a stable online platform to enable people to do good things.
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.