The domains have been left to “mature”, which is part of the strategy, and in September 2021, a cloud detector was introduced that will make them easier to identify.

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Thousands of new domains are registered every day, and the latest research indicates that many of them are malicious.

Cybercriminals often register for years before planning to take advantage of them.

The security agency is investigating Unit 42 after determining which latent malicious domains were used during the 2019 Solarwinds attack.

The domains have been left to “mature”, which is part of the strategy, and in September 2021, a cloud detector was introduced that will make them easier to identify.

According to the survey, 22.3% of latent domains are a threat – of which 3.8% belong to domains that have been identified as malicious, 19% as suspicious, and 2% as unsafe for certain environments.

For that reason Cybercriminals leave domains up to “age”, which reduces the chances of being blocked because they have a history of online existence. Newly registered domains are more suspicious because they are often corrupted, so the security system often identifies them as suspicious. However, experts claim that those who stand side by side year after year are more likely to be infected.

When there is a sudden increase in traffic, it is a sign that some latent domains are actually corrupted. With a typical site, the traffic usually increases slowly, so the number of visitors increases over time – both due to advertising and word of mouth.


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Sites with domains not created for legal activity usually contain incomplete content and lack WHOIS registration information. There are many more domains that “wake up” after two years, so they are used for phishing campaigns and other malicious activities.

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