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McAfee maps out net malice!
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Monday, 12 March 2007 11:10

Some top-level domains significantly more malicious than others

By Jacqui Cheng | Published: March 12, 2007 - 12:47PM CT
Ars Technica

4.1 percent of all web sites offer some sort of risk to an average web surfer, and sites originating from Russia and Romanian domains are most likely to host malicious exploits, according to new survey data from SiteAdvisor. SiteAdvisor, which was acquired by McAfee in early 2006, pulled its data from its database of 8.1 million domains—and broke it down into 265 top-level domains—in order to map out which countries were the worst offenders in terms of phishing scams, excessive pop-ups, malicious downloads, and other exploits.

SiteAdvisor provides a free tool for Firefox and Internet Explorer that catalogs a list of domains based on a set of criteria that it uses to analyze the safety of a particular site. Users who install the software in their browsers can see a color-coded bar that indicates whether SiteAdvisor's algorithm or list indicates that the site's contents could be malicious or not. SiteAdvisor documents all malicious activity, supplemented by user feedback, to come up with a continually-growing list of unsafe sites.....More

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