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Election officials better figure out security before its too late

In a recent article, election officials are being warned of the upcoming danger as this year is an election year for our president of this very interesting country.

The reason why this is now becoming a spotlight issue at this time is because of a term called typosquatting. According to Wikipedia, Typosquatting is a form of cybersquatting. It could also be linked to brand jacking. These types of mistakes happen when its relied on mistakes such as typing the domain incorrectly in to your web browser. It happens to the best of us, and people take advantage by registering domains that people may type to give you wares even though you don’t necessarily want to go there.

I have hear that you should buy all possible typosquatting domains and point them all to you, so no matter what, you get the traffic. I know its more important for business than consumer, but is it really worth the money? Typosquatting is a big deal, and this Wikipedia link will show you some examples and go through the history.

The Department of Homeland Security last week told election officials to be wary of suspicious websites that impersonate federal and state election domains
and could be used for phishing or influence operations.

The Aug. 11 bulletin distributed by DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, which CyberScoop reviewed, listed roughly 50 suspicious domains that were
purporting to offer information related to voting and elections.

“These suspicious typosquatting domains may be used for advertising, credential harvesting and other malicious purposes, such as phishing and influence
operations,” the advisory says. “Users should pay close attention to the spelling of web addresses or websites that look trustworthy but may be close imitations
of legitimate U.S. election websites.”

The Cyberscoop article talks about how Typosquatting is a big deal, and I think it is. How do deal with it, I’m not sure but the wikipedia article linked above gives some pointers.

There are links to other pieces of information, but I think it is important and you be the judge This is been a problem for quite awhile, and I think we should bring light to it whether it is election, or other things. Thanks for reading!


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