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November 14, 2005

Morning News Nugget

My little endeavor has already yielded some good results... Well, if nothing else, it has garnered a chuckle.

This via Tech Republic:
Phishing flaw a danger to alternative browsers

A security weakness in a standard for handling special character sets in domain names could let an attacker spoof Web sites on non-Microsoft browsers, a researcher has warned. ... That encoding scheme could enable an attacker to create a fake Web site for a phishing scam. A spoofed link would seem to be a legitimate URL in the address bar of affected browsers--Opera, Apple Computer's Safari, and the Mozilla and Firefox browsers from the Mozilla Foundation. ... Microsoft has not implemented support for IDN yet, so its IE browser is not vulnerable to the flaw.[emphasis mine]

Isn't that a kick in the head? Sure, there are people who use other browsers simply because they hate Microsoft-anything. But, those who do so mainly because of 'security concerns' due to IE vulnerabilities have opened themselves up to being vulnerable to phishing attacks based on Internationalized Domain Names.

Get real. If you're online, you're a potential target. There is no 'safe' operating system, browser, or email client. YOU are the only thing that can make your interactions as safe as possible.

The price of computer safety is constant vigilance.


Posted by BlueWolf on November 14, 2005 01:20 PM