Easter Security alert: Be extra careful of phishing attacks over Easter and this week – there’s a new way of making the domains look identical to legit sites – but they’re not!
Criminals are using “unicode” character encoding to make it look like they are coming from a known and trusted domain, when in fact the domain is entirely different. Chrome is releasing a fix in the next few days and Firefox has a tweak currently available.
The idea is to get you to trust the site and to enter your username and password which are then used to steal funds or manipulate your information in some other way.
This article provides details and a method of testing suspect URLs:
Disappointingly, this is not a new idea; one would have hoped that the browsers would have included the simple tests needed to alert users to this sort of mischief by now. Nevertheless, apparently they are now doing so, finally.
Happy Easter, and safe computing!