It seems that all domains aren’t created equal. According to a new study by McAfee, sites with names ending by “.hk,” “.cn,” and “.info” are among the most dangerous ones an Internet user can visit.
The second annual McAfee “Mapping the Mal Web” report into the riskiest and safest places on the Web reveals that 19.2% of all Web sites ending in the “.hk” domain pose a security threat to Web users. China (.cn) is second this year with over 11%. By contrast Finland (.fi) replaced Ireland (.is) as the safest online destination with 0.05%, followed by Japan (.jp).
It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the “.info” top-level domain is ranked third with 11.8% of all sites ending in .info posing a security threat to their visitors.
For those interested in reading the full report, it is available on McAfee’s website right here.