Phishers turn DNS against authorities

Friday, 6 May 2005, 10:34 AM EST

Phishing scammers are cleverly abusing automated "bots" by targeting DNS servers, security experts have warned. The new technique makes it significantly harder to shut down phishing sites.

In a conventional phishing scam, users are lured to a malicious website which counterfeits the appearance of a trusted site such as a bank or e-commerce site, and convinces the user to input their account information. Such scams can only operate for a limited time before they come to light though and the malicious site is shut down, normally by the ISP that hosts the site.

Matthew Broersma at Computerworld.

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