Domain 'kiting' threat on the rise


The proliferation of temporary websites being set up by criminals is a growing threat, according to web security firm MessageLabs.

"Disposable domains are becoming a larger problem via a tactic known as 'domain kiting' in which cyber-criminals acquire domains without paying for them and use them for illegal gains," said Mark Sunner, chief technology officer at MessageLabs.

Domain kiting registrars create small websites crammed with links using domain names for which they do not pay. They generate money when innocent surfers land on the page and click on the links. The scam takes advantage of the domain name system's five-day refund period. Domain 'kiting' threat on the rise - vnunet.com

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