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.Com the Second Riskiest Domain

McAfee roots out the world's sketchiest domains
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2009 4:04 PM CST
.Com the Second Riskiest Domain
This map shows where the riskiest servers in the world are located.   (McAfee)

(Newser) – It may be the most familiar domain, but .com is also the extension second most likely to screw with your computer—beaten only by Cameroon's .cm. A whopping 32.2% of .com addresses pose a security risk, according to McAfee’s third annual “Mapping the Mal Web” report, compared to 36.7% for .cm, which cyber criminals have gravitated toward because it’s so similar to .com that typos can often draw unwary surfers.

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You’re most likely to get malware from Romania’s .ro, and most likely to get junk mail from a .info site. The safest domain is the government’s .gov, with an essentially 0% risk. The list underwent some big changes as well, with last year’s riskiest domain, Hong Kong’s .hk, dropping to 34th with a mere 1.1% risk, after a concerted government crackdown. (Read more malware stories.)

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