Under certain conditions, the registries for the ".ch" and ".swiss" domain are required to block domain names suspected of being used for phishing, for the distribution of harmful software ("malware") or to support such activities.
The measures to combat cybercrime using domain names as laid down in the Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID; CC 784.104.2 revised on 1 January 2018) apply to top-level internet domains for the management of which the Confederation is responsible, i.e. the ".ch" and ".swiss" domains; in particular, they give the registries responsible for the management of these resources the possibility of temporarily blocking ".ch" and ".swiss" domain names where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that they are being used:
- to access sensitive data using illegal methods (phishing)
- to distribute or operate harmful software ("malware") or
- to support any of these activities.
Registries are, moreover, obliged to block these domain names at the request of an anti-cybercrime service recognised by OFCOM.
Under Article 15 para. 1 let. b of the OID, it is OFCOM's task to recognise the services which may request the ".ch" and ".swiss" registries to block domain names. Recognition of such a service is not automatic, but requires that the requesting service submits a justified written recognition request to OFCOM (cf. Section 6 of the Technical and Administrative Regulations regarding the assignment and management of ".ch" domain names, CC 784.101.113/2.13 and Section 8 of the Technical and Administrative Regulations regarding the assignment and management of ".swiss" domain names, CC 784.101.113/2.14).
List of recognised anti-cybercrime services according to Art. 15 para. 3 OID (CC 784.104.2)
|Name, address||Activities||Date of recognition|
|The security of computer and internet systems and the protection of critical Swiss infrastructures.||15.06.2010|
Zurich Cantonal Police
|Cybercrime investigative procedures.
Operation – jointly with the Zurich Public Prosecutor’s Office and the City Police – a centre of cybercrime competence.
Tel. +41 (0)78 854 34 43
|Unit coordinates and conducts investigations in the field of cybercrime||03.04.2019|
|Federal Office of Police fedpol
|Combating cybercrime, detecting offences committed on the Internet, prosecuting serious cross-border crime, coordinating and supporting investigation procedures at both national and international levels.||
An der Aa 4
Tel. +41 (0)41 728 41 41
|Investigation procedures and prevention in the field of cybercrime and digitalised crime, Cybercrime Coordination Unit||10.12.2019|
Tel. +41 (0)41 819 55 55 (24h)
|With prevention and repression, the specialized service ensures greater security in virtual space and conducts investigations into cybercrime in agreement with the public prosecutor. The specialized service investigates all forms of Internet crime.
Police cantonale vaudoise
|Investigation procedure and prevention assistance in the field of cybercrime.||08.06.2020|
CC 784.101.113/2.13 Technical and Administrative Regulations regarding the assignment and management of second-level domain names under the ".ch" domain
7th edition: 14.11.2014 / Entry into force: 01.01.2015
CC 784.101.113/2.14 Technical and Administrative Regulations regarding the assignment and management of second-level domain names under the ".swiss" domain
2nd edition: 15.09.2017 / Entry into force: 01.11.2017
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