I received a delightful phishing attempt:

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(note the extremely interesting IP address: - I guess in Soviet Russia IP address specifies specification)

The URLs specified in the email are registered through GoDaddy (I can add the domains here if that's appropriate), so I was wondering if GoDaddy has any responsibility or cares. Can DNS providers take action if they have phishing sites hosted on domains registered through them?

Update: As I looked through the email headers I just noticed this little guy:

X-PHISHTEST: This is a phishing security test from KnowBe4 that has been authorized by the recipient organization

A quick search for KnowBe4 reveals that they're a security testing organization (or at least someone is making it look like them). So it looks like it was a phishing attempt but only by an organization that's hired to be nefarious.

  • I don't think they have any responsibility by law since they don't own the domain but just provide the DNS service. But probably it is more complicated especially if the owner of the domain is in one country and the DNS provider in another. I recommend you ask at law.stackexchange.com instead. Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 14:55
  • In case it's not obvious, is a fake IP address. Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 15:21

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I will reluctantly reserve comment on the trustworthiness of GoDaddy since you can look that up yourself.

But the DNS service has little responsibility. However, the hosting provider is a different matter - in some countries at least.

There is nothing stopping you reporting it, though, to the abuse mailbox for the GoDaddy registrar, it is possible they will take action, especially if lots of people do the same. If they have their act together, they might also pass on the information to other authorities that could aggregate such intelligence and the address may end up in a blocklist.

Howeverx2, you'd need to ask yourself whether you have the time to do this for each piece of spam you get through.


What responsibility would you throw on GoDaddy? They're just hosting DNS. How in the world would they be held liable for a phishing attempt?

Send them an abuse complaint if you're so inclined. It's not like they're actively investigating every domain registered through them for malicious behavior.

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