System Announcements

19 July 2018 – Domain Watch Launch

On 19th July 2018 Nominet is launching a new anti-phishing initiative – Domain Watch – to further increase the security of the .UK zone and protect end users from malicious phishing activity.

You can read more about the pilot in our previous announcement and in the dedicated Domain Watch information on Registrar Resources.


  • Domain Watch analyses domains using technical algorithms and manual intervention
  • For any suspended domains, Registrars will receive a workflow commenced message (type: notification reason: <msg>Domain Watch process commenced notification</msg>) via the usual channels (EPP and/or email – notification settings can be set within Online Services on a per tag basis) 
  • If a domain is suspended, the registrant will receive an email informing them of what has happened, together with the next steps required if they feel the suspension was not correctly applied

Domains that are suspended by Domain Watch will only be unsuspended if the registrant is able to confirm the legitimate use of the domain to our satisfaction

What action do I need to take?

Registrars should ensure their systems can accommodate the new “workflow commenced” notification reason that will be added to the Nominet UK registry platform on 19th July 2018.

New type: notification reason: <msg>Domain Watch process commenced notification</msg>

For more information about our tools that are available to help all .UK registrars to combat cybercrime on domains managed by them, or if you have any questions, please contact us on or +44 (0)1865 332233.

Date Announced: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:50