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Typosquatting on Twitter and other social networks


Typosquatting, which is also known as URL hijacking, is a for of cybersquatting that targets Internet users who accidentally type a website address into their web browser incorrectly. When users make a typographical error while entering the website address, they may be led to an alternative website owned by a cybersquatter. This can lead to financial or social media identity theftPhishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as user names, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Scammers recently created a website imitating, and have been sending phishing emails to millions of users, many of whom click on the link contained within the emails, which sends them to the phishing site, where they enter their user names and passwords in order to log in.

The site is, spelled with two V’s instead of a W. This is a form of “TypoPhishing”. I doubt anyone is going to inadvertently typo two V’s, but it’s certainly a creative ruse by the criminal hackers. This website is currently live. Assuming that your browser is up to date, it should alert you to the fact that is a suspected phishing site. is another phishing website, which my up to date browser did not warn me about. Notice that neither web address is hyperlinked here. I would not suggest playing around on these sites. At any time, the creators can easily introduce malware to these sites, and then onto your outdated operating system or browser in the form of a “drive by” hack, which ultimately leads us back to identity theft and fraud.

If you decide to play in the devil’s den, you are bound to get burnt.

Forward this blog post to your contacts. Let people know, so that they won’t be fooled. This scam may stick if the site isn’t taken down by the time this warning is read. Don’t get hooked. And protect yourself with Internet security software and identity theft protection.

Robert Siciliano, identity theft speaker, discusses phishing.



Comments: (2)

Elton Cane
Elton Cane - News Corp Australia - Brisbane 22 May, 2009, 15:53Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I think the first site tvviter would have had a better chance of duping people if they spelt it otherwise correctly with two ts, as twitter does.

They probably thought of this, but is already taken - see - perhaps another dormant typosquatter

Robert Siciliano
Robert Siciliano - - Boston 24 May, 2009, 14:05Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Great reconnaissance Elton. To defeat a criminal one needs to get in his head and think 2 steps ahead of him.

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