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Re: Phishing
From: Jordan Dimov <jdimov () nsegcorp com>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 17:50:39 +0300

These are good starting points, Rogan.  I'd love to see further
discussion on this topic.  

Make the site name as short as possible, and as obvious as possible, to 
reduce confusion. Rather than "www{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9}.encrypt.bank.com", 
try to use something short and simple like "secure.bank.com", and use it 
consistently for all servers supporting a particular application. That 
way there is less confusion for users, and less likelihood that a 
scammer will get away with using a slightly different domain name.

This doesn't really protect against typographical domain name scams
(e.g. paypai.com vs. paypal.com)

Additionally, there are several known security vulnerabilities in MSIE
and other browsers that make it much easier for attackers to hide the
true identity of their fake site and mislead the user.  

  -- Jordan 

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