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Antivirus Company Names the World’s Most Dangerous Domain (.Com Gets Dinged Too)

McAfee, one the of largest manufacturers of anti-virus software, just named Cameroon’s .cm country code extension the riskiest domain to visit in the world. See the others that earned red flags as well as those McAfee says are the safest to visit. Domains are also in the news at the Wall Street Journal today.

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Antivirus Company Names the World’s Most Dangerous Domain (.Com Gets Dinged Too)

McAfee, one the of largest manufacturers of anti-virus software, just named Cameroon’s .cm country code extension the riskiest domain to visit in the world. See the others that earned red flags as well as those McAfee says are the safest to visit. Domains are also in the news at the Wall Street Journal today.

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Cameroon leapfrogs Hong Kong in malware hosting blocklist (The Register)

One in three .cm domains booby-trapped, warns McAfee Cameroon (.cm) web domains supplanted those in Hong Kong as most likely to harbour malware, with more than one in three (36.7 per cent) of domains registered in the West African country hosting viruses or malicious code.… Offloading malware protection to the cloud

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McAfee names dodgiest domains (vnunet.com)

Phil Muncaster, V3.co.uk , Wednesday 2 December 2009 at 11:39:00 Cameroon’s .cm domain tops the list of shame More than five per cent of the sites on the web could cause security risks, with Cameroon’s .cm domain the most dangerous, according to the third annual State of the Mal Web report from security giant McAfee, released today. The firm scanned 27 million web sites and 104 top level domains …

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More Problems for .CM Domain as Registry Loses Files

.Cm domain name registry NETCOM loses financial files. The “relaunch” of Cameroon’s .cm domain name stuttered out of the gate after many technical difficulties. Apparently those problems continue, and it highlights one of the risks of buying certain country code domain names. .Cm registry NETCOM has emailed its registrars informing them of data loss in its accounting systems, and admitting it didn’t have a data backup plan in place: Dear Registrars, our accounting system suffered a major problem, due to a power surge, which destroyed the harddrives. Unfortunately our accounting department didn’t backup the data properly before the incident.

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.CM Auctions and Typo Traffic – What Are These Domains Really Worth?

Every domainer has heard the story of how Kevin Ham built a $300 million empire – particularly how he profited from the millions of people who accidentally type “.cm” (the country code TLD for Cameroon) instead of “.com” when searching for a website. And now that Cameroon’s ccTLD registrations are open to the public, domain auction houses are targeting domainers and typosquaters alike in an effort to sell high-end generic .CM domains for hefty prices. In Rick Latona’s premium .CM auction , which ended July 14, some of the most sought after .CM domains such as cars.cm, jobs.cm, and loan.cm were sold for prices ranging between $5,000 to $35,500.

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POLL: Will you pre-order or buy .CM domains?

The .CM domain name was made popular by the Business 2.0 story of Kevin Ham “the man who owns the Internet.”  Domainers know that .CM is actually owned by Cameroon and is prized for for the natural traffic it receives from .COM typos. Risky Business There are evident risks for trademark infringement when using .CM domains. I encourage any decent sized company to take the initiative and pre-order their respective .CM domain to prevent any later headache.  I also strongly discourage anyone from attempting to profit from typo traffic on established .COM websites

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