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Malicious impostors sow seeds of disinformation

Security testing outfit NTA Monitor has warned of the increased likelihood of attacks against news sites and corporate Web sites during the current war in Iraq. News sites are especially at risk, because attackers could use weaknesses in sites or domain registration tricks to ‘rewrite’ breaking news to try to create confusion and panic, according to NTA. The most obvious risk is denial of service attacks, in which sites are deliberately brought down by extreme traffic volumes. However the subtler attacks are of much greater concern. By registering similar domain names or ‘typo squatting’ – booking domains with common typo errors (e.g. wwwcompany.com) – traffic intended for official news sites could be re-directed. Attackers can impersonate Internet news sites and make major changes to the news, with potentially disastrous impact. Full Story

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