URL hijacking

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URL hijacking

Also called "typosquatting," it refers to taking advantage of common typos users make when entering a Web address (URL) into their browser. A domain name that is a misspelled version of a popular domain name is legally registered. Whenever someone misspells the URL, the site is accessed, which may offer a competitive product, an entirely different product, a pile of ads or be a soapbox for a cause. See cybersquatting, page hijacking and hijacking.
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This particular attack is new to Facebook, but the strategy of typosquatting is not new to the actors behind it.
Digital Shadows has enhanced its cyber situational awareness offering that empower clients to identify, verify, and assess compromised credentials, as well as detect typosquatting domains that may be used to target an organization.
Online security firm Sophos has conducted a huge survey into what the industry calls typosquatting. It found, happily, just one site that was deliberately designed to infect your computer with malware.
The practice of "cybersquatting" and the related practice of "typosquatting" quickly became rampant as domain names of well-known companies, brands, or persons (or in the case of typosquatting, slightly misspelled versions of the well-known name, such as "dinsey" instead of "Disney") were registered by owners who had no association with the recognizable name.
This method of spoofing a real website to harness and intercept traffic is called "typosquatting."
* Registering a variation of another party's trademark to capitalize on common misspellings of the mark, called typosquatting;
Falwell, (90) where the court held that the defendant infringed plaintiff's trademarks and violated the ACPA as a result of his operation of a typosquatting site, www.fallwell.com, at which he criticized the Rev.
Typosquatting is the term used to describe how malicious-minded Internet fiends out there prey on those of us who mistype web addresses, registering common misspellings of popular domain names and products to then redirect those who make mistakes to alternative websites.
(104.) Typosquatting is a technique that relies on typographical errors made by Internet users when inputting a Web site address into a Web browser to lead users to a Web site owned by a typosquatter.
This phenomenon goes by the names "typosquatting" and "URL hijacking." A new study by McAfee, a maker of computer security software, sheds some interesting light on it (www.mcafee.com/typosquatters).