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Despite having a population of just 1,400, until recently, Tokelau’s .tk domain had more users than any other country.
Everyone online has come across a .tk––even if they didn’t realize it. Because .tk addresses were offered for free, unlike most others, Tokelau quickly became the unwitting host to the dark underworld by providing a never-ending supply of domain names that could be weaponized against internet users. Scammers began using .tk websites to do everything from harvesting passwords and payment information to displaying pop-up ads or delivering malware.
Many experts say that this was inevitable. “The model of giving out free domains just doesn’t work,” says John Levine, a leading expert on cybercrime. “Criminals will take the free ones, throw it away, and take more free ones.”
To understand how we got here, you have to go back to the chaotic early years of the internet. In the late ’90s, Tokelau became the second-smallest place to be assigned a domain by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, a group tasked with maintaining the global internet...
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Many experts say that this was inevitable. “The model of giving out free domains just doesn’t work,”

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Tokelau became the second-smallest place to be assigned a domain

For anyone wondering, the smallest (by population anyway) is .hm (population zero).
But there still are a few with population lower than .tk: .pn, .cc, .va and .nu.
By area there are three smaller ones: .va, .mc and .gi
 
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