Since last Thursday, the South African government has imposed to all websites using domain names in .ZA to propose a link that redirects towards the official Covid-19 information website implemented by the government: www.sacoronavirus.co.za
This new rule applies to all .ZA websites, regardless of their content.
The two other extensions managed by ZADNA registry, JOBURG and .CAPETOWN are also affected by this rule.
In the same logic, the registry also invites Internet services providers to block any websites which spread fake news.
Lastly, it is interesting to note that the government’s COVID information website is not www.coronavirus.co.za but www.sacoronavirus.co.za. This is because the domain name www.coronavirus.co.za has been registered by a domainer who proposes on his website to resell the name in question.
Like all crisis or news, COVID-19 led to a massive registration of domain names containing the associated terms, some unscrupulous players seeking to take advantage of the situation.
Unsurprisingly, during this unprecedented and complicated period, there has been a high increase in the number of cybercriminal attacks of all kinds.