Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A Tour of Risky Web Sites

Just over 4% of all Web sites are dangerous, according to a new report. But all bad sites aren’t created equal: Cyber bad guys are more likely to build their sites where it’s easy to do so.
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McAfee found that 5% of addresses that ended in .com are risky, which is about average. The real risk comes from Web sites within more obscure domains, like .info, where 12% of the sites are risky. Also, sites registered in different countries have different degrees of risk. Nineteen percent of sites that end in .hk, the domain for Hong Kong, are risky, according to the report. Among the reasons: In order to encourage people to register .hk sites, Hong Kong allowed people to sign up for multiple sites at a time without filling out multiple applications, offered a two-for-the-price-of-one sale on .hk sites, and promoted the .hk domain overseas.
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