Covid-19 and the .eu environment

30 März 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold, our first thoughts at EURid are for all those affected by the virus, their families and loved ones. We have taken immediate steps to keep our staff safe, while ensuring the resilience and continued operation of the .eu domain names.

At EURid, we are committed to make the .eu environment as safe and secure as possible. We regularly perform checks on .eu domain names to make sure that the relevant eligibility criteria are fulfilled. We have developed one of the most advanced tools in the industry, APEWS, launched in December 2019, to detect patterns of potentially malicious patterns of domain names before they are delegated.  We are considering to extend its algorithms to identify registrations of corona-virus themed domain names. We are monitoring the situation closely and have already reported some domains to competent law enforcement authorities.

We will continue to take proactive steps to safeguard the stability and security of the .eu environment and will publish updates as required.