Rudy Giuliani's typo-filled tweets are catnip for hackers spreading malware

Tech 19-2-2020 Mashable 15
Rudy Giuliani's typo-filled tweets are catnip for hackers spreading malware

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's current cybersecurity advisor, is inadvertently spreading malware thanks to his careless Twitter typos.

Hackers are buying up unregistered domain names erroneously shared on social media by the Trump confidant. The issue, known as "typosquatting," was discovered by Jerome Segura, a director of threat intelligence at cybersecurity company Malwarebytes, according to a report by CNET.

So what is typosquatting? 

The word is a further play on the term “cybersquatting.” Cybersquatting is used to describe when someone registers a domain name, usually a brand name or a trademark, with the intent to sell it for a profit. Typosquatting is when someone misspells a URL and someone else purchases the unregistered typo-version of that domain name. Usually, this practice is done when the domain is misspelled in a major advertisement, article, or post. The typosquatter's aim here is to snipe the traffic from users who click on the URL without realizing it’s a misspelled version of the URL they actually want to visit. Read more...

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