Fake Emails, Pretexting Phishing, Spoofed URLs – It’s All Typosquatting

You may have never heard of Typosquatting. But chances are, you might have already been a victim of a Typosquatting attack. Typosquatting is known by many names, including Spoofing, Pretexting Phishing, URL hijacking, fake URLs, sting sites, fake email and many others. In essence, Typosquatting is a cyberattack where cybercriminals impersonate real domains to spread malware and commit fraud. The hackers register domains with names that look almost like the real ones they are mimicking. They mimic trusted, legitimate domains to increase their chances of fooling you. Would you notice if you received a news item from a website that looks just like the home page of cnn.com, except this time, it actually reads cnm.com? Maybe you’d catch it. But what if you didn’t?

The FBI https://www.fbi.gov/ scams-and-safety/ common-scams-and-crimes/ spoofing-and-phishing has stated, “Criminals count on being able to manipulate you into believing that these spoofed communications are real, which can lead you to download malicious software, send money or disclose personal, financial or other sensitive information.” The FBI has also reported a 400% increase in small business cybercrime reports since the start of the pandemic and the number of cybercrimes continues to increase.

Going forward, you must slow down the “clicking” process and always ask yourself, “Is this a real website?”

Here are Some of the Techniques Cyber Criminals use for Typosquatting:

To increase their chances of a successful cyberattack, cybercriminals will usually register several different versions of the fake domains. The more different deceptive fake URLs they create, the greater their chance of success.

More companies than ever are required by law to protect the personal and financial data they collect from clients. If their employees fall victim to a typosquatting attack, their clients are also in jeopardy. For medical and legal practices, safe and secure data is crucial to their reputations. Data breaches of any kind with malicious software or typosquatting attacks can put companies out of business and expose them to ongoing legal challenges.

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