Typosquatting at Christmas

13 December 2011

Thanks to superfast broadband and people preferring comfort to trudging round the high street it comes as no surprise that more and more of us are doing our Christmas shopping online.

Sure there doubtless be the lines of guys with panic on their faces doing their shopping on Christmas Eve, but for the most part the ability to get everything done with relative ease through online shopping has lead to thousands of bogus sites cashing in on the Christmas rush.

Close to 2000 examples of typosquatting, where criminals create mirrors of popular shopping sites such as Argos, John Lewis and Debenhams. Online shoppers fall for the scam after mistyping web addresses and ending up with an infected computer, examples like debenahams, johlewis and argoss were found in the batch of sites.

October saw a rush of huge numbers of fake sites being put up in the build up and rush for Christmas.

Careful typing helps but be on your guard and make sure you’re only purchasing and giving personal information to legitimate sites and businesses.

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