An estimated 2.31 million Internet domain names have been registered with “patently false” data, a US congressional report concluded.
The report by the Government Accountability Office suggested that a large number of Internet sites may have been created by persons seeking to hide their identities, possibly to avoid detection by law enforcement.
Based on test results, GAO estimated that 2.31 million domain names, or 5.14 percent of the overall total, were registered with data “that appeared obviously and intentionally false without verification against any reference data” in one or more contact information fields.
GAO also found that 1.64 million domain names or 3.65 percent were registered with incomplete data.
The report suggested significant problems with the “Whois” directory that is supposed to show the owners of the millions of websites and Internet domains. This directory is used by law enforcement officials to investigate piracy, spam, fraud or other problems in cyberspace.