Combating cybercrime

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) 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 5 of the Technical and Administrative Regulations regarding the assignment and management of ".ch" domain names, CC 784.101.113/2.13 and Section 9 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)

Edition 6 dated 2nd June 2021
Name, address Activities Date of recognition

National Cybersecurity Centre NCSC
Schwarztorstrasse 59
CH-3003 Bern

email:
incidents@ncsc.ch
www.ncsc.admin.ch

The National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) is the Confederation's competence centre for cybersecurity and thus the first contact point for businesses, public administrations, educational institutions and the general public for cyberissues. 15.06.2010

Zurich Cantonal Police
Cybercrime Division Güterstrasse 33
P.O box
CH-8010 Zurich

email:
cybercrime@kapo.zh.ch
http://www.kapo.zh.ch  

Cybercrime investigative procedures.
Operation – jointly with the Zurich Public Prosecutor’s Office and the City Police – a centre of cybercrime competence.
09.02.2018
Kantonspolizei Bern
Kriminalabteilung
Dezernat Wirtschaftsdelikte
Nordring
Postfach
CH-3001 Bern
Tel. +41 (0)31 638 51 80
 
Unit coordinates and conducts investigations in the field of cybercrime 03.04.2019
Federal Office of Police fedpol
Guisanplatz 1A
CH-3003 Berne

email:
Contact Form
http://www.fedpol.admin.ch
Combating cybercrime, detecting offences committed on the Internet, prosecuting serious cross-border crime, coordinating and supporting investigation procedures at both national and international levels. 03.10.2019
Zuger Polizei
Dienst Cyber- und Wirtschaftsdelikte
Fachstelle Cyber
An der Aa 4
CH-6300 Zug
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
Kantonspolizei Schwyz
Fachbereich Cybercrime
Sicherheitsstützpunkt Biberbrugg
Einsiedlerstrasse 55
Postfach 72
CH-8836 Bennau
Tel. +41 (0)41 819 55 55
 
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.
 
19.03.2020

Police cantonale vaudoise
Brigade Analyse Traces Technologiques (BATT)
Division Enquête Cyber (DEC)
Route de la Lanterne
CH-1014 Lausanne ADM
Tel. +41 (0)21 644 44 44

E-mail: info.police@vd.ch
https://votrepolice.ch/cybercriminalite/

Investigation procedure and prevention assistance in the field of cybercrime. 08.06.2020

Swissmedic
Medicrime MKA
Hallerstrasse 7
CH - 3012 Bern
Tel. +41 (0)58 462 07 27

E-mail: medicrime@swissmedic.ch
www.swissmedic.ch

Detecting and fighting against fraudulent activities (in particular Phishing) in connection with the online purchase of medicinal products. 23.04.2021

Polizei Basel-Landschaft
Kriminalpolizei
Cybercrime
Rheinstrasse 25
4410 Liestal

+41 (0)61 553 35 35

E-mail: pol.cybercrime@bl.ch

The Cybercrime Competence Centre is the coordination unit for cybercrime investigations within the Basel-Landschaft police force. As such, it is the central point of contact for members of the force in investigation support for such offences. The Cybercrime Competence Centre also acts as a single point of contact for external partners, such as public prosecutors’ offices and other police forces. 17.12.2021

Etat-major de la Police Judiciaire
Case postale 236
1211 Genève 8
Courriel: chefpj@police.ge.ch

Brigade de Criminalité Informatique (BCI)
Boulevard Helvétique 27
1207 Genève
Tel : 022 427 55 80

Brigade des Cyber Enquêtes (BCE)
Boulevard Helvétique 27
1207 Genève
Tel : 022 427 94 20
https://www.ge.ch/criminalite-internet

BCI:

Specialises in the forensic analysis of various digital media and supports the BCE in the analysis of cybercrime-related activities in general.

BCE:

Responsible for police investigations related to the main current cybercrime-related activities, including economic cybercrime, sexual cybercrime, reputational cyber damage and fraudulent practices.

14.01.2022

Documentation

Legal basis

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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