'Fat fingers, small keyboard' used to be a funny email signature especially after the emergence of smart phones. Hackers took notice and 'Typosquatting' or 'URL Hijacking' or 'Domain Spoofing' attacks were born. Here is how bad guys go about it - Step 1: Identify a popular website. Step 2: Purchase the website names that are close in name to the popular site or are what people mistype when they try to access the real site. Step 3: Install some kind of malware or some content that tricks the user into downloading malware on to their phone or computer from that site. Step 4: Sit back and relax as people come to you to get hacked!! Before you visit a website make sure to confirm you typed in the right website address. If you are visiting a new website, make sure to check if the site has a good reputation using a URL reputation checker.LEARN MORE
EXAMPLE 1: In 2022, a massive typo squatting attack campaign covering over 200 domains was discovered where attackers targeted Windows and Android users to impersonate GoogleWallet, Paypal and Snapchat to install the ERMAC banking trojan (a type of malware) onto people’s devices.READ WHAT THEY DID
EXAMPLE 2: In 2016, malicious actors targeted popular news websites to redirect users to fake news sites that peddled completely false stories.THEY HACKED THE NEWS!
A student deep in debt gets a call or email asking them to apply for student loan forgiveness before funds run out. They are told they are 'pre-qualified' but they need to act fast and call a number. They can expedite the process for free they say!
You get a text message with an OTP for your bank account. Almost immediately, you get a call or an SMS that looks like it is coming from your bank asking you for that same OTP code. Should you provide it? Bots are counting you to!
'FOMO' is Fear Of Missing Out. New crypto currencies pop up all the time and you are told this new 'alt coin' is the next big thing. Should you act on your FOMO? What tactics do crypto scammers use? What should we watch out for?
Well, it is not always our fault. The companies that we do business with get breached too. The apps and devices that we use get targeted with new attacks.
Hacker group 'Lemon' pre-implanted malware on to Android phones and other Android devices such as smart TVs and children's Android-based watches.READ MORE
Scammers are impersonating big brands like Nike, Puma, Crocs, Reebok, New Balance, Tommy Hilfiger using over 6000 fake websites. Careful what you click on!READ MORE
Cybercriminals are targeting the insecure home office networks of executives and their families. If you are an entrepreneur, proprietor or executive - watch out!READ MORE