I received information of a massive ‘phishing’ scam that is taking place on the Internet today. This attack is not on WyzHost’s network, services or your account with us, but we feel it is significant enough to help protect you through awareness. The attack description is below:
An e-mail will show up appearing as if it is from email@example.com. It will indicate that your domain name has already expired. The e-mail asks the user to click on a link, which will take the user to a fraudulent site designed to look like Network Solutions website and attempt to gain the users information on a page on that website.
Our Recommendation: As with any phishing scam, there is one major flaw they cannot get past. The domain name is not the actual domain name you are familiar with. You can visually see they are different. If you look up in the address bar, you will always see a variation of the domain name made to ‘look’ like the real one. An example would be networksolutions.com.scamdomain.com
If you are using Internet Explorer 7, it will help detect fraudulent websites for you and visibly warn you if you are visiting one.
If you ever have a question about your domain name, services or are suspicious of any e-mail you receive, we are always here and welcome your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!
About the Author:I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com