What Is Typosquatting?

Typosquatting is a malicious activity aimed at exploiting users who make typographical errors while entering a URL into a search engine.

Hackers and cyber scammers create websites with URLs that closely resemble legitimate ones (e.g., gogle.com instead of google.com) and make them appear almost identical to legitimate login pages.

The intention behind typosquatting can vary, from gathering users’ login information to selling counterfeit products that mimic the originals.

Typosquatting scams can involve imitating popular websites to redirect traffic and generate advertising revenue.

This can be achieved through related or affiliate links or URLs with minor spelling variations.

Such fraudulent behavior harms businesses and users who intend to engage with reputable companies to purchase products or services.

Unveiling the Risks of Misleading Domains

This deceptive tactic can result in security breaches if individuals unknowingly log in to a fake website.

Once typosquatters obtain a person’s email and password, they can access their genuine accounts and any stored information, including bank details, cryptocurrency exchange logins, social security numbers, login credentials for other websites, and sensitive data.

Typosquatting is similar to cybersquatting, where bad actors purchase domain URLs resembling popular brands like Nike or Apple.

To prevent potential customers from falling victim to these scams, companies often acquire these domains at high costs, which benefits the cybersquatters engaging in this extortionate tactic.