The Internet is not as secure as believed. Hackers still have some tricks up their sleeve. A phishing method that has been used since 2009 is now making a lot of trouble on the internet. Hackers can use this phishing method to turn a normal URL to a malicious website. A security blogger, Xudong Zheng, showed that this phishing method can be successful when he managed to create a malicious website with the name “www.apple.com.”
This demonstration made tech companies worried. One of the companies that decided to make a change is Google. They changed the way Chrome displays URLs. For now on, when users try to load a website that has a domain with Cyrillic character Chrome is going to block it.
Fortunately, Google Chrome is not the only browser that is able to block this phishing method. Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Internet Explorer are immune to this phishing technique. The only one that is still under threat is Mozilla Firefox. Mozilla did not mention whether or not it is going to change Firefox in order to block this phishing method.
This problem was reported on January 20 this year. Then, Google mentioned that is going to fix this problem in Chrome 59. This change is available in the beta release but it is also going to be available to all Chrome users very soon. Firefox still has some troubles with this phishing method.
There is a solution for Firefox users. They can plug about: config in the address bar. This way, the browser is going to show domains in the Punycode form. It is going to make it easier for Firefox users to detect if the website is the real one or a malicious version of it.
This phishing method shows, once again, that the Internet is not a safe place. Hackers discover new ways to attack websites every day. Browsers need to be updated constantly in order to protect the personal data of users from being leaked. Tech companies should also stay alerted and make changes to their browsers.
What is your opinion about this phishing method? Did you know that a malicious website can be created so easy?
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