McAfee mapping the malware web

McAfee, well-known security software company, made available latest statistics on malicious web sites around the world. It’s a detailed report based on data from McAfee SiteAdvisor service. Here we provide just a few key findings. Follow this link to get the full report.

Small island nations and island territories frequently rank high on the list of most risky TLDs. If we include TLDs for which SiteAdvisor has tested 100 or more sites, we find five small island TLDs that are unusually risky.

  • Sao Tome / Principe (.st) 18.5%
  • Tokelau (.tk) 10.1%
  • Turks and Caicos (.tc) 9.9%
  • South Georgia / South Sandwich Islands (.gs) 9.3%
  • British Virgin Islands (.vg) 9.1%

The most risky large countries are Romania (.ro, 5.6% risky sites) and Russia (.ru, 4.5% risky sites). These country TLDs are also the most likely to host exploit sites.

.info is the riskiest generic TLD, with 7.5% of its sites rated as risky. .com is the second most risky generic TLD, with 5.5% of sites rated as risky.

.biz is said to be the most popular TLD for spammers because the name servers update immediately, meaning spammers can start using the domain as soon as they register, rather than wait up to 24 hours for the registration to take effect. This is particularly attractive due to the transient nature of spam and phishing Web sites.

.gov is the only frequently tested TLD for which SiteAdvisor has found no risky sites. .edu is also quite safe, with just 0.3% of sites rated risky. We believe that the reason for this relative and absolute safety is because those applying for .gov and .edu domains must provide credentials and are significantly less likely to engage in risky or unethical Web practices.

If you don’t know, what’s a TLD, please read this article. TLD stands for a top-level domain. For example, .com, .net and .us are TLDs.

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