Today, businesses around the world rely on owned websites and domains to grow brand awareness and promote and sell products and services. With e-commerce and online shopping at an all-time high, securing owned domains and removing malicious or spoofed domains is imperative for protecting modern consumers and their personal information from cybercrime. As cybercriminals often buy ‘look-alike’ domains with the goal of impersonating a targeted organization online, domains offer attackers a wide, and potentially lucrative surface for attacks.

Impersonating an organization or brand may involve swapping in similar characters (homoglyphs) or appending keywords such as “help,” “support,” or other plausible concatenations to the end of the URL. Similarly, attackers will append long strings of randomized characters to a legitimate-looking domain, so that a user clicking on this domain will only see the first, credible-looking part of the domain before realizing they have become a victim. 

Please register to continue.

Already registered? Log in.

Once you register, you'll receive:

  • News analysis

    The context and insight you need to stay abreast of the most important developments in cybersecurity. CISO and practitioner perspectives; strategy and tactics; solutions and innovation; policy and regulation.

  • Archives

    Unlimited access to nearly 20 years of SC Media industry analysis and news-you-can-use.

  • Daily Newswire

    SC Media’s essential morning briefing for cybersecurity professionals.

  • Learning Express

    One-click access to our extensive program of virtual events, with convenient calendar reminders and ability to earn CISSP credits.