The world’s busiest web domain, .com, is now the most dangerous, according to McAfee’s fourth annual Mapping the Mal Web report released today.
While .com was found to be the riskiest top-level domain, the most dangerous country domain is Vietnam (.vn). Japan’s .jp ranks as the safest country domain for the second year in a row. The report also found 6.2 percent of the 27 million websites analyzed pose a security risk, up from last year’s 5.8 percent.
The report reveals drastic changes in country domain rankings with .vn shot up to third place, up from 39th last year. In fact, 58 percent of the country’s registered sites are ranked as risky. By contrast, .sg (Singapore) became safer this year, dropping to the 81st most risky domain from 10th in last year’s report.
The study found the riskiest country web domains after Vietnam include Cameroon, Armenia, Cocos and Russia. Among the safest domains after Japan were Catalan, Guernsey, Croatia and Ireland. Also, .travel and .edu were deemed the safest top-level domains with less than .05 percent of sites infected.
Another key discovery of the study was that a clean domain deters cyber criminals. According to the report, cyber criminals are hesitant about touching domains that have stricter restrictions. This year, Singapore showed significant improvement.
The study was based on the analysis of more than 27 million websites to uncover which domains are the most dangerous.