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Phishers now use pretty sly ways of using logos so that it goes unnoticed by both the users and anti phishing detectors

For the longest time online phishing and scam websites copying authentic websites and software’s have been a common practice. However, it used to get detected by anti-phishing systems. Hence, online phishers and hackers have found an alternative way to continue this practice.

Phishing actors have found an alternative way where they add a slight change to the exact replica of the logo of some company by adding a mathematical symbol like a square root or some other sign which barely gets noticed by users and also easily passes the anti-phishing detection system.

Analyst at a firm called INKY detected a spoof version of a US based telecommunication service called ‘Verizon’. They have added a slight square root above it, which gets un noticed by users who do not keep up with the latest update of any company’s logo and t easily gets pass through the detection system. Hence the usage rate remains pretty high.

Most of the times, users receive a fake voice mail tapping on whose button will lead users to this unauthentic phishing website. The coding of the fake pages is mostly based on the HTML version of the authentic one and hence most of the times user’s do not give enough attention to its unoriginality.

When scroll down the page, users find another voice mail taping on which will ask users their Office365 email credentials. Users when enter their password will receive an error for wrong insertion. This is just a safe side for hackers in case users have had entered a wrong password just to check the authenticity of

While the logos are somewhat similar it is up to the users to differentiate using other means if they have speculations that a website is unauthentic. This can be done by checking the website URL etc. Apart from this, if you ever receive a Verizon message which asks you to enter your Office365 credentials, stay clear of it because it has 100 percent of being a scam.


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