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Beware of "Typosquatting" scams

Important information from CIRMA and the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center:

What is "Typosquatting"? Typosquatting scams take advantage of typographical errors -- “typos” -- introduced by users when they type URLS in to the browser address bar. Cyber scammers purchase and register domains names that are very similar to an existing legitimate website. A typosquatted web address may omit or add characters, or swap characters such as an 'l' for an 'i'. By exploiting typing errors, scammers funnel unsuspecting users to illegitimate sites that closely mimic the legitimate site; unsuspecting visitors may then be infected with malware or tricked into reveal login or other sensitive personal data.
Typosquatted websites may be very hard to distinguish from the real thing. Cyber criminals often create similar-looking websites by directly copying the HTML from legitimate websites then add minor malicious changes. Successful typosquatting domains are used to generate ad revenue, display custom images or text, further scams and frauds, capture login credentials, and/or infect users with malware. The Typosquatters often target high- traffic and/or sensitive websites to exploit the greatest number of users or to gain unauthorized access to restricted information.

MS-ISAC Recommendations:

- When visiting websites you know, make sure the URL is free from typographical errors. If you don't know the website, use an Internet search engine to locate it.
- Verify links before clicking on them. The easiest way to check a link is by hovering over it with your mouse and carefully checking for typosquatting techniques; bookmark websites you visit often.

-  Do not open unsolicited (spam) emails or click on the links or attachments in those emails.

Download CIRMA's "Safeguard your Data" poster- PDF  to display in your work and office areas!

Upcoming CIRMA Risk Management Training & Education Programs:

Understanding the Basics of Cyber Risk
March 14, 2018
Guilford, CT

Understanding the Basics of Cyber Risk
- Morning Session (10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon)
April 17, 2018
Brookfield, CT

Understanding the Basics of Cyber Risk
- Afternoon Session (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
April 17, 2018
Brookfield, CT
CIRMA's E-Learning Center - Computer Security Basics
For more information:
CIRMA's Cyber Security Whitepaper - PDF
CIRMA's Cyber Risks & Alerts webpage.
CIRMA's Cyber Security emails are provided in partnership with the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. To subscribe to our general information Cyber Security Tips & Alerts, or to the technical TLP: White and Green Alerts from MS-ISAC, please contact Carolyn Field, CIRMA Communications Supervisor.
For more information about CIRMA’s Cyber Risk Initiative, please contact your CIRMA Risk Management Consultant. Visit the CIRMA website for more information about our Cyber Risk resources.

The information provided in CIRMA's Security Tips & Alerts e-news is intended to increase the security awareness of an organization's end users and to help them behave in a more secure manner within their work environment. While some of the tips may relate to maintaining a home computer, the increased awareness is intended to help improve the organization's overall cyber security posture. This is especially critical if employees access their work network from their home computer.

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