Hong Kong Phooey

SophosLabs have seen a rise in the number of .HK domains. Being used for spam. Mainly the spam has been for Viagra and other erectile drugs.


  • What is the reason for the rise in spam from Hong Kong?
  • Spammers have obviously gotten around the registration checks on .HK domains and are acquiring loads of them.
  • So what needs to happen?
  • The registration checks obviously need to be stronger.

In the UK when you rent a flat it is normal that you pay a deposit (which you get back) of one month’s rent upfront plus the first months rent. Registering Domains is equivalent to renting them. Maybe Registrars should enforce an equivalent to a deposit and get people to pay upfront.

What do you think? Email me via sophosblog@sophos.com.