Pacific accused of being online fraud haven

Interesting to read a report from McAfee about the Pacific Islands and how their allegedly lax procedures on domain names and registrations is being abused by fraudsters.

The report says that the domains of Niue, Samoa, Tuvalu, and Tokelau, a New Zealand territory, are some of the worst in the world when it comes to hosting Web sites with malware and spamming data.

According to reports in the New Zealand press late last week, a series of meetings of government officials from across the Pacific in the capital city of Wellington last month raised the issue of dialler scams, spam and cyber threats as a major problem for business.

For example, says one news report, Niue's and Tokelau's registries are both run by companies based in the US with many .nu domains being registered by firms in Europe.

McAfee's report says that Tokelau came up worst of all, with 10 per cent of Web sites hosted by the .tk registry classed as risky or possibly risky. Samoa came up next with 5.8 per cent of its Web sites in the same classes.

Niue's .nu domain, meanwhile, was the worst offender for hosting Web sites containing software that exploits Web browser or operating system vulnerabilities, with about 1 in every 220 of its registered sites falling into this category...