Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

9/3/2020
04:15 PM
50%
50%

Typosquatting Intensifies Ahead of US Election

Mistyped URLs can mean more than inconvenience when a candidate's name is involved.

"Typosquats" — domains that feature common mistakes made when typing legitimate URLs — are on the rise ahead of the November US elections. Recent research from Digital Shadows shows that hundreds of these confusing sites have been registered in the last year.

Related Content:

Typosquatting Websites Proliferate in Run-up to US Elections

Chinese and Iranian APT Groups Targeted US Presidential Campaigns

How Fraudulent Domains 'Hide in Plain Sight'

The researchers broke the typosquat domains into three types: Redirects, which sent the user to a separate page were 12% of the total; misconfigured or illegitimate sites, which either have only a hosting notice or appear to be legitimate when they're not, were 21% of domains found; and nonmalicious sites, which either had no content at all or a small amount of brand-damaging content, were 67% of the total.

Digital Shadows reports that it anticipates an increase in voting-issue typosquats in the weeks and days leading up to the election. It already has found 47 potentially malicious domains that were parked, redirected to a different website, or were illegitimate/misconfigured.

For more, read here.

 

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 11/19/2020
How to Identify Cobalt Strike on Your Network
Zohar Buber, Security Analyst,  11/18/2020
New Proposed DNS Security Features Released
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  11/19/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: A GONG is as good as a cyber attack.
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-20803
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
A user authorized to perform database queries may trigger denial of service by issuing specially crafted queries, which loop indefinitely in mathematics processing while retaining locks. This issue affects: MongoDB Inc. MongoDB Server v4.0 versions prior to 4.0.5; v3.6 versions prior to 3.6.10; v3.4...
CVE-2019-14586
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
Use after free vulnerability in EDK II may allow an authenticated user to potentially enable escalation of privilege, information disclosure and/or denial of service via adjacent access.
CVE-2019-14587
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
Logic issue EDK II may allow an unauthenticated user to potentially enable denial of service via adjacent access.
CVE-2020-0569
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
Out of bounds write in Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless WiFi products on Windows 10 may allow an authenticated user to potentially enable denial of service via local access.
CVE-2020-12351
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
Improper input validation in BlueZ may allow an unauthenticated user to potentially enable escalation of privilege via adjacent access.