Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) December 10, 2009 -- From piracy on the high seas to hi-jacking in the air, piracy and hi-jacking continue in its many various forms. The virtual world of Cyber Space is an exact replica of what we see in the physical world, including piracy and hi-jacking.
Mapping the Mal Web report, as part of their third annual activity, reveals that Anti virus software developers have gone through millions of generic and country domains.
The report revealed that the tropical island nation of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific and Japan are two of the five most secure countries, which is great news for Vanuatu IT based businesses. Other safe countries are Ireland, Croatia, Catalan, Luxembourg, South Africa and Switzerland.
Computer users in Samoa are now warned their country has one of the riskiest web domains in the world. Philippines, the Former Soviet Union, Russia and Singapore top the list in the riskiest domains.
"What we're seeing with Samoa was a huge increase in risky activities, especially with regard to phishing and malicious download activity", says McAfee's Director of web security research, Paula Greve. Samoa's domain, dot ws, ranks third behind Cameroon and China.
Samoa has had a 400% increase in risk over the past twelve months, with nearly 18% of its sites exposed to cyber crimes, such as identity theft, also known as phishing.
Cameroon (.cm) has a huge 36.7% of domains posing a security risk. Romania (.ro) came in with 21% and China (.cn) 18.6%.
Last year Hong Kong (.hk) was among the most risky domain to surf. After the Hong Kong Registrars took appropriate actions, their efforts paid off, with just 1.1% this year. They have now dropped to 34th place.
McAfees goal is to encourage users to become better educated and more aware of sites that have a connected risk to them, as well as celebrate the many safer domains. Web owners are encouraged to register their site only at one of the many safe domains that are available.
McAfees report reveals that potential online threats are constantly changing. Cybercriminals move their hateful activities to area where registering sites is cheap and easy and where they are least likely to be caught. "Through awareness and intelligent technology, weâre aiming to make the web a lot less risky", says Grieve.
Across the board, looking at 27 million Web sites and 104 top-level domains, McAfee found that only 1.5 million sites, or 5.8%, were risky. Surfing the web is safer than walking on most large city streets.
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