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Malicious Actors Are Using New Hack to Record and Mimic Digital Footprints

It seems that there is a new form of cyberattack occurring every month, and the main reason why this occurs is that hackers are constantly trying to find a way to circumvent the security measures that are being put in place to stave them off. The latest type of threat that has been detected in this regard is a system that is being referred to as “Gummy Browsers”, and it has the potential to do massive amounts of damage before it manages to be brought under control.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the name is based on a technique that was used two decades ago called “Gummy Fingers” which made it so that your biometric fingerprints could be impersonated. This new attack system does the same thing but with your digital footprint with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The way that this works is that you might visit a site that is controlled by the attacker, and then requests the tracking information that all sites use in the form of cookies. This can then be used to see other sites that the user might have visited and eventually parse together the user’s real identity.

The risk level of this new threat is quite high, and it might be some time before security professionals are able to find any kind of way to work around it. Until then you should be very careful about the sites that you are thinking of visiting because your identity and personal information might be compromised if you don’t take the necessary precautions.

A VPN can be a very safe way to browse the web because it can mask your digital footprint and make it so that this attack would not be able to impact you at all.


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