.COM domain is the world’s most risky says McAfee

Vietnam is the most dangerous place in the world to web-surf

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.COM domain is the world’s most risky says McAfee McAfee have released a list of the world's most dangerous domain names.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 27, 2010

According to security technology specialist, McAfee, the world's most heavily trafficked web domain .COM, is now the riskiest. Its fourth annual Mapping the Mal Web report, released this week, says that 56% of the world's riskiest websites end in .COM.

Vietnam now tops the world's most dangerous country web domains, followed by Cameroon, Armenia, Cocos and Russia.

"This report underscores how quickly cybercriminals change tactics to lure in victims and avoid being caught," said Paula Greve, director of web security research for McAfee Labs.  "Last year Vietnam's .VN was a relatively safe domain, and this year it jumped to the third most dangerous domain.  Cybercriminals target regions where registering sites is cheap and convenient and pose the least risk of being caught.  A domain that's safe one year can be dangerous the next."

Vietnam was the 39th riskiest in 2009, but now 58% of the country's sites are dangerous. In contrast, Singapore, last year's 10th most risky web-domain country,  now ranks 81st. The United Arab Emirates ranks 58th on the list, moving up seven places since 2009.

"What online surfers may not know is that simply viewing a page can return much more than they bargained for," said Greve. "Cybercriminals lay invisible traps all over the internet that are intended to steal consumers' passwords, bank information or even identities."

For those of you living in Japan, you can breathe a sigh of relief as the country is the world's safest country web-domain for the second year in a row. Catalan, Guernsey, Croatia and Ireland are also in the top five safest.

McAfee analysed over 27 million websites to find out which domains are the most dangerous and discovered that 6.2% of those websites posed a security risk. This is a leap from the 5.8% total in 2009.

.TRAVEL and .EDU are the safest top-level domains with just one in 2,000 sites infected.

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