AMSTERDAM, Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Global Anti Scam Alliance and Scamadviser analyzed 12.3 million domain names and found that some internet service providers and countries seem to support scammers far more than others. others.
Among the domains analyzed, the percentage of websites with a low trust score (below 20 on a scale of 1 to 100) increased from 3% last year to 8.3% this year. This means you are almost three times more likely to come across an online scam.
Every website ever created has a domain name, and these domain names can only be acquired through domain registrars.
GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain registrar and has increased its share of questionable domain hosting from 3% last year to 7.5% this year. However, this remains slightly below the general average.
What is alarming is the high percentage of low-scoring domains registered on Alibaba. Alibaba has a whopping 63.8% of domains with low scores and is the highest among the top registrars. Similarly, US-based companies like NameSilo (28.2%) and NameCheap (14.8%) also do not fare well.
Bad hosting companies
To enable businesses to make their websites accessible to the Internet, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) is required. The biggest “hosting” company this year is CloudFlare with over 2.9 million websites, but 7.7% of them have a low trust score.
Of the larger hosts, Namecheap has the poorest performance. Of its 340,095 websites analyzed, 22.95% have a trust score below 20. Bodis and Sedo have the best performance with only 2% and 2.3% fraudulent sites.
Registries are the real owners of extensions such as .com, .uk and .shop. Everyone’s favorite “.com” extension is still the most used with 6.2 million websites, but 9.2% of them have scores below 20.
Five registers stand out, and not in a positive way. The registries are: 1) “.xyz”, 2) “.shop”, 3) “.top”, 4) “.site” and 5) “.online”. “.top” takes the lead with 42% of domains with low trust scores. This means that out of the 137,133 domains hosted, there is almost half the chance that they are malicious.
The United States hosts a massive total of 6.7 million websites, of which 9% are considered to have a low score, which is slightly higher than the overall percentage.
Overall, the countries with the strongest growth in online scams appear to be Russia and Hong Kong, both with a threefold increase in low-scoring domains compared to last year’s data. Hong Kong, however, has the highest hosting rate of low-scoring domains with 26%.
How to fix the Internet?
This year’s data shows a marked increase in untrustworthy websites, making everyone three times more likely to be scammed than last year. To find answers, GASA organizes the Global Anti-Scam Summitbringing together governments, law enforcement and internet service providers to define concrete actions to fight online fraud more effectively.
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