Phishers attack the green zones


Safe Websurfing tools such as McAfee SiteAdvisor and Netcraft Toolbar scan thousands of Web sites daily, pronouncing some safe, some suspicious, and some dangerous. Phishers (fraudsters, online criminals, apply your own appropriate term), tired of having their creations on a blacklist, are now circling back behind these tools and, when possible, compromising sites with a familiar hacking technique that's been known for several years to inject dangerous JavaScript on these sites previously marked as safe. The short-term result is that you unknowingly visit a compromised site and come away with a backdoor Trojan horse installed on your desktop. The long-term result is that these vandals undermine our mutual trust of the Web.

Safe-surfing tools are excellent for identifying bogus banking or e-commerce sites before they load in your Internet browser. Using a complicated algorithm that measures such criteria as the validity of the domain name registration, suspiciously long URLs, foreign characters in the URL, and misspellings within the displayed page, these tools rate Web sites as either safe (green icon), suspicious (yellow icon), or dangerous (red icon) and most overlay those ratings over your search engine results. Security Watch: Phishers attack the green zones - CNET reviews

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 19th March 2007 10:13PM