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HometechWhy you should think twice before trusting a '.US' website

Why you should think twice before trusting a ‘.US’ website

Did you know that some countries have one or more digital addresses, which are pieces of online real estate dedicated solely to its online presence? Like houses in a neighborhood, these addresses give us a sense of place and belonging.

Most internet users are familiar with the “.com,” “.org” and “.net” domains. They are like the main streets of our global digital city, bustling with activity. On the other hand, if you wander into the quieter streets, you encounter domains like “.uk” for the UK, “.ca” for Canada, and ‘.au’ for Australia. Each represents a country’s unique digital territory.

In America, there’s “.US” – the digital address for the United States. Yet, despite its patriotic overtones, being from the U.S. and all, recent research reveals that it may not be the safest street in the virtual town that we call the internet. 

In fact, many “.US” domains are registered by foreign entities who have no legitimate interest in the U.S. and who use them to deceive and harm unsuspecting people on the internet.

So, the “.US” domain name, which is supposed to represent the United States and its citizens, is being abused by cybercriminals who are using it to launch phishing, malware, and spam campaigns.

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