Bad Spelling Could Get You Hacked!

Published On March 29, 2016 | By Tom Huskerson | Now You Know

Cybersquatting 2Are you a bad speller? Well misspelling the name of a popular website could get you in a lot of trouble. A  recent a study conducted by cyber security firm Endgame found more than 300 well-known companies, such as Netflix, YouTube and Google have been targeted in an attempt to trap bad spellers online. You don’t have to be a really bad speller to get caught up. You can be a little careless and find yourself on a dangerous website.

Hackers and cyber criminals have been registering domain names like googgle.com, googlw.com and Netflix.om. If you look closely you will see these names are close fakes to the real thing. This is nothing new. Its commonly know as cyber-squatting or typo-squatting.

Some of these fake websites take users to sites registered in Oman which is where the .om domain is registered. These websites are exact duplicates of the real thing but these sites are loaded with malware and other nasty stuff including ransomware that could destroy the data on your computer. Cyber criminals may also attempt to convince the user to share their personal details. All because you’re a poor speller.

Cyber-squatting and typo-squatting has a rich history on the web and some the biggest companies have been victims including Microsoft.

But the real danger of cyber-squatting or typo-squatting is finding yourself at some place like www.bankamerica.ru. or welsfargo.ng. Many people have landed on duplicate or replica sites that look like the real thing and enter their username and password. That is all the cyber criminal needs to rob your bank account. Bad spelling can cause a lot of problems including financial catastrophe. Be careful what you type in your address bar.

Now you know.

 

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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