Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit best known for overseeing the .org top-level domain, launched a centralized resource to help stomp out domain name system (DNS) abuse Wednesday morning.

The DNS Abuse Institute will seek registry and registrar collaboration to prevent various forms of DNS villainy – spam, botnets, phishing and pharming. Former Tucows head of policy Graeme Bunton will serve as the inaugural director.

"We've become painfully aware of the impediments of moving from talk to action on DNS abuse and enabling people to really begin tackling the problem," Bunton told SC Media.

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