Surfers Beware: Danger Could Lurk at .hk, .cn

Those domains most likely to house ill intent, security study finds
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 3:57 PM CDT
McAfee found the most dangerous domains to navigate to are ".hk" (Hong Kong), ".cn" (China) and ".info" (information).    (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – A study by antivirus software firm McAfee warns Web surfers to be cautious of sites on certain domains, the AP reports, with corner-cutting registration companies often skipping security precautions. The domains .hk, .cn and .info were found to be riskiest.

Though .hk signals Hong Kong and .cn China, that's not necessarily where cybercriminals are based, McAfee notes. In the former domain, 19.2% of sites were flagged; 11.8% were found risky in the latter. Comparatively, McAfee found 5% of .com sites to be unsafe, and .gov or .jp (Japan) even safer.