phisherman’s paradise

A little freaked out by a post on Boing Boing today. As if phishermen didn’t have enough income rolling in from duping hapless computer users, this little exploit in Mozilla, Opera, Firefox and Safari makes things even easier for them. It seems that certain websites can take advantage of the International Domain Name specification in these browsers and “spoof” well know websites, making it look as if the site is legit when it’s truly far from it. Check out this example:

If you read the boing-boing post all the way through, you can see that there is a momentary fix, but it doesn’t really stick. However, there’s a process outlined here that seems to do the trick. This should do for now until the patch comes out.

If it ever does.

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