I am working on a research project where we segregate domains used for malicious purpose from benign domains.
However, my guide does not want the term malicious domain and benign domain in the paper. This is because, according to him, a domain in itself does not have an intent (which is quite correct), however it is the tool of the adversary's hand, its intentions directly connected to the adversary's ideals.
I am a bit torn here - I have seen every research paper talking about malicious and benign domains without going into so much detail. How do I establish the definitions of benign and malicious when it comes to domains?
So how can I formally define a benign and malicious domain?