Domain Keywords Used to Spot Phishing Sites


Criminals setting up fake domains for phishing are prone to use the same words over and over and spotting those words can help identify malicious sites, according to a new threat detection model from OpenDNS.

Words like “update,” “security,” “login,” “billing,” when combined with a legitimate base domain name — or its misspelled variation — are common indicators of phishing sites, said Andrew Hay, director of security research at San Francisco-based OpenDNS.

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