Things of the Internet Global Cyber Domain Report by DNSSense – H2 – 2022 Report


Things of The Internet DNSSense

DNSSense is a DNS Layer Security Platform focused on actively protecting all devices in the network against any malicious activity, including Phishing, Ransomware, and Zero-day attacks.

DNSSense’s threat database updates itself 24/7 by crawling the entire internet and categorising the whole internet’s domains by using its own AI with immense accuracy.
Many Firewall vendors around the world benefit from DNSSense’s threat database.
Today, DNSSense receives the DNS traffic of more than 10,000 companies from 74 countries each day.

Data from Cyber X-Ray® Platform

As the DNSSense team, we are pleased to release this edition of our Cyber Threat Intelligence Report. All data is obtained from the DNSSense Cyber X-Ray® platform and is current (as of end of September 2022).

Cyber X-Ray is an AI-powered platform that provides detailed analysis of websites in all forms and contents. It continuously monitors the security features of internet assets such as domain names, IP addresses, Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDNs), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates,
and web pages as well as content, popularity, blacklisting, inlink and outlink data for scoring.
You may find more about Cyber X-Ray features at the end of this report.


Understanding how the internet works is essential to creating a secure website. One of the best ways to achieve this, we believe, is undoubtedly via DNS protocol. As DNSSense, we have very detailed, historical, and relational records of about 557,320,471 domains in our database. In other words, we have the entire internet data at hand! What follows is the statistics from our records.



• The total number of domains in the world is 557,320,471 (Including dead sites).
• The total number of FQDNs in the world is 1,355,462,395.
• The total number of down domains in the world is 297,083,721.
• The total number of up domains in the world is 260,236,750.
• The number of newly registered or first-seen domains in 2021 was 61,455,161, whereas it is
16,338,240 in the last 6 months of 2022 alone.
• About 70% of domains with valid SSL from domains with HTTP status 200 use free SSL.
• 299,890,231 DNS A record changes were made in the last six months of 2022 alone.
• More than 56.2 million USD ‘paid link building’ (backlink) services were purchased in the last
six months of 2022.
• During the pandemic, up to 2,000 malicious websites were created daily centred around
the Covid-19 theme.
• The most secure Top Level Domain (TLD) on the web is ‘.gov’. This domain was developed
for government agencies and is the only TLD free of dangerous websites.
• The worst domains to download files from are ‘.tk’ (Tokelau), ‘.ws’ (Samoa), ‘.bg’ (Bulgaria)
and ‘.biz’ (Registry Services, LLC). If you visit these domains or download files from them,
you deal with a potentially dangerous website one out of ten times.
• Next to ‘.gov’, the most secure domains are those affiliated with Northern European
countries. The list goes as follows:
• ‘.fi’ (Finland)
• ‘.no’ (Norway),
• ‘.se’ (Sweden),
• ‘.is’ (Iceland)
• ‘.ie’ (Ireland).
• In the last six months of 2022, a daily average of 240,000 malicious domains were
• Over 80% of malware use DNS to communicate with command-and-control (C&C) servers,
exfiltrate data or redirect traffic to malicious sites.

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