12 Days of Cryptmas: Day 4 – Four Spoofed Websites

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Website spoofing is a scam where cyber criminals create a website that closely resembles a trusted brand as well as a domain that is virtually identical to a brand’s web domain. The goal of website spoofing is to lure a brand’s customers, suppliers, partners and employees to a fraudulent website and convince them to share sensitive information like login credentials, credit card information or bank account numbers.

Protecting users from falling victim to website spoofing attacks targeting your domain requires a multilayered approach targeting the variety of spoofing methods and vulnerability points for any given domain.

Organisations can hold mandatory employee training to reduce the risk of employee phishing attacks, but that only targets a piece of the problem.

Protecting your users from website spoofing involves consistent domain monitoring and robust security measures to make it difficult for bad actors to generate replica domains.

These four prevention measures can help reduce the risk of falling victim to a website spoofing attack and protect your organization’s reputation and business continuity.

  • Domain Name System (DNS) Security Extensions (DNSSEC): DNSSEC adds an extra layer of security to DNS by digitally signing the DNS records, making it more difficult for attackers to manipulate them.
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate: An SSL certificate helps encrypt the data transmitted between the website and users and authenticates the website’s identity.
  • Email Authentication: Implement email authentication protocols like SPF, DKIM, and DMARC to prevent spoofed emails from malicious domains containing compromised links from being delivered to customers.
  • Regular Software Updates: Regularly update your website software, including the content management system (CMS), plugins, and themes, to patch any vulnerabilities attackers might exploit.
  • Digital Risk Protection Platform: Monitor your domain against threats and infringements with a digital risk protection solution that does the detection and takedown of active phishing and scam sites.

This time of year can be stressful; Your bank account doesn’t need the added stress of giving presents to scammers. Contact Netier today to discuss how they can help manage security for you.

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