VeriSign cancels request to ICANN to allow it to offer new anti abuse service.
Just two days after formally proposing a controversial mechanism to scan domain names and take down web sites used for certain malicious purposes, VeriSign has withdrawn the request.
No information about the withdrawal is available on the company’s web site.
The plan, dubbed Verisign Anti-Abuse Domain Use Policy, raised a lot of concern about government involvement on the internet. It also concerned domain name registrars.
The proposed service would have called for VeriSign performing malware scans on all .com, .net, and .name domain names once a quarter. It would also have been able to suspend domain names that knowingly hosted malware.
Although the goal of the policy was certainly noble, VeriSign’s request to ICANN lacked important details.