Did you know?
.SU was the country code top-level domain name assigned to the Soviet Union in 1990. Although the Soviet Union was officially dissolved in 1991, the domain name has been maintained and is still in use today. However, because the .su domain is less tightly regulated than other top-level domain names, the .su domain has attracted hackers, scammers, and cyber criminals. Of course, not all of the .su sites are malicious; legitimate .su sites exist as well.
(Note: .ru is the country code top-level domain name that is currently assigned to Russia.)
Satter, Raphael. (2013, May 31). "Old Soviet Union Domain Name Attracts Cybercriminal Interest.' Associated Press, 31 May 2013, phys.org/news/2013-05-ussr-domain-cybercriminals.html. Accessed 10 October 2017.
Kilner, James. "USSR still alive on Internet and won't go quietly." Reuters, 16 Sept. 2002, www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-internet/ussr-still-alive-on-internet-and-wont-go-quietly-idUSL1986480720070919. Accessed 10 October 2017.
What is a URL?
The acronym URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. Examining a URL can help you learn something about a website's origin, authority, and purpose.
A URL is essentially a reference (or address) to a website's unique location on the Internet. A URL is made up of several parts, and even if you're not familiar with the term "URL," you're probably already familiar with its basic structure. The following are examples of simple URLs:
One important part of a URL is the domain name. A domain name is an ID string that groups together locations on the Internet that either share a common affiliation (such as a commercial or geographic affiliation), or which are under the control of a particular organization or individual. In the examples below, the top level domain names are written in red.
What can a domain name tell you?
The most common top-level domain names in the U.S. are: