McAfee reveals the riskiest web domains to visit

December 4, 2009 · Posted in Commentary 

McAfee, Inc. issued its third annual Mapping the Mal Web report this week.  Africa’s Cameroon (.cm), which borders Nigeria, has succeeded Hong Kong (.hk) as the web’s riskiest country domain.  Japan (.jp) was rated the safest country domain.  According to McAfee, 36.7 percent of Cameroon’s .cm domains pose a security risk.  PR of China (.cn), Samoa (.ws), Philippines (.ph), and Former Soviet Union (.su) round out the top five riskiest country domains.

McAfee stated in their press release that “because the domain .cm is a common typo for .com, many cybercriminals set up fake typo-squatting sites that lead to malicious downloads, spyware, adware and other potentially unwanted programs.”

No surprises here, except possibly to conspiracy theorists, government (.gov) was rated the safest non-country domain by McAfee.

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