Time-series measurement of parked domain names and their malicious uses

Takayuki Tomatsuri, Daiki Chiba, Mitsuaki Akiyama, Masato Uchida

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Abstract

On the Internet, there are lots of unused domain names that are not used for any actual services. Domain parking is a monetization mechanism for displaying online advertisements in such unused domain names. Some domain names used in cyber attacks are known to leverage domain parking services after the attack. However, the temporal relationships between domain parking services and malicious domain names have not been studied well. In this study, we investigated how malicious domain names using domain parking services change over time. We conducted a large-scale measurement study of more than 66.8 million domain names that have used domain parking services in the past 19 months. We reveal the existence of 3,964 domain names that have been malicious after using domain parking. We further identify what types of malicious activities (e.g., phishing and malware) such malicious domain names tend to be used for. We also reveal the existence of 3.02 million domain names that utilized multiple parking services simultaneously or while switching between them. Our study can contribute to the efficient analysis of malicious domain names using domain parking services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-780
Number of pages11
JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
VolumeE104B
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Domain parking
  • Malicious domain names
  • Time-series measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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