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Typosquatting Websites Numbering 2,000 Detected

Internet scammers have created 2,000 typosquatting websites with which consumers using well-known shopping sites can be tricked into surrendering their private information, reported Channel Register on December 13, 2011.

Reportedly, with "argoss," "johlewis," and "debenahams" as the names of the typosquatting sites, their access usually results in a web-page that mimics the said shopping site asking users to provide personal credit card details. This page, however, subsequently takes onto a phishing website alternatively potentially destructive website, which inserts malicious software or spyware into the users' computers.

It's also reported that online crooks have been registering various legitimate websites having phony extensions of '.net' or '.org.' Actually during October 2011 cyber-crooks registered numerous false website domains while getting ready to exploit the buying extravaganza in the Christmas season, security company Websense found.

Besides, according to more reports, unprecedented online sale volumes occurred starting "Cyber Monday," while according to estimates, 3.72bn pounds will be expended over the Internet in UK during the current vacation. Simultaneously, the vacation will be attractive bait for huge numbers of cyber-criminals to use.

In the words of Websense Security Labs' Elad Sharf, cyber-criminals are frighteningly cunning in luring Christmas buyers onto unintended websites. Essentially, this appears to be the problem for consumers, while for companies, typosquatting is the problem as it endangers their confidential data to online exposure when employees use the company PCs for shopping, Sharf analyzes. TechWorld published this dated December 13, 2011.

A trend with typosquat websites in the security world is that they'll be blacklisted and abandoned for good. Consequently, several typosquat hosts remain dormant over sometime, becoming active as well as supporting scams briefly and then returning to convert form. However, during the dormant stage, typosquat hosts usually use evasion tricks like diverting visitors onto the real or intended site towards circumventing possible suspicion. During different times, anyone attempting at accessing the domains gets blacklisted.

In one likewise problem associated with the porn .XXX domain's launch by ICM Registry, several people opined that the domain was burdensome for organizations in safeguarding their trademarks as typosquatters could purchase trademark domains via the .XXX domain.

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