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McAfee Alerts Internet Users of New Typosquatting Crime

According to McAfee security experts, cyber criminals are engaging in 'typosquatting' whereby they register domain names with common misspellings of the popular domains to divert unconscious visitors to alternative websites. These sites are generally unsafe and could infect computers with malicious software.

The security company said that an average user typing wrong spelling of a well-known URL has one out of 14 chances to land on typosquatter site. This site helps criminals to generate click-through ad earnings to attract consumers to scams that harvest valid e-mail addresses.

Security Analyst at McAfee, Greg Day, said that the typosquatting criminals maneuver their operations similar to phishing that replic...

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