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The Dangerous .HK Domain

The next time we visit a website, think about the recent findings: almost one out of every five sites using “.hk” domain name is dangerous or potentially dangerous, according to a McAfee.

McAfee found the most dangerous domains to navigate to were “.hk” (Hong Kong), “.cn” (China) and “.info” (information).

Of all “.hk” sites McAfee tested, it flagged 19.2 per cent as dangerous or potentially dangerous to visitors; it flagged 11.8 per cent of “.cn” sites and 11.7 per cent of “.info” sites that way.

In contrary, “.com”, currently the most popular domain only has about 5 percent considered dangerous.

The servers for “.hk” and “.cn” Web sites do not have to be in China; Web site operators can register sites from anywhere to target different geographies.

Other risky domains include “.ro” (Romania), with 6.8 per cent, and “.ru” (Russia), with 6 per cent of sites flagged as dangerous.

On the other side of the table, “.gov” (0.05%), “.jp” (0.1%) and “.au” (0.3%) provide the least threat.

We must then, be careful in visiting “.hk” and “.cn” sites or else we’ll be sorry. Especially if we are already aware of this McAfee finding.

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  • Doron Vermaat on Jun 05, 2008 Reply

    According to the Standard this morning is .HK "the most dodgy domain in the world."

    "Leizaola said Russia-based spammers and online pharmacies out of Canada have flocked to the relatively unregulated domain name to establish their online presence. The ".hk" domain was also attractive to online scammers as the city's reputation as a trade hub lent a veneer of legitimacy to cyber criminals, he said.

    A HKDNR spokeswoman, however, said the websites tested in the report several months ago no longer exist, as the company has suspended more than 10,000 suspicious domains. She added HKDNR now has some of the most stringent policies and tightened measures in place to minimize incidences of security risks.

    Internet Society Hong Kong chairman Charles Mok Nai-kwong was also skeptical of the report. "The findings are quite unbeliev Leg 1able. Hong Kong is a relatively smaller market compared with some of the other countries mentioned in the study, so one wonders if they did the study looking at absolute numbers, or whether there was a proportionate approach taken," he said."

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