Years have passed and fraudulent practices over online platforms still remain unshakeable. In a long span of phishing, it has conquered some way or another to remain low-key and cheer the attackers up for stealing passwords and revealing other sorts of personal information.
Since the online fraud is widely acknowledged by common users, the best that could be done by them is to save their privacy by reading between the lines. Such online frauds have recently been found teasing the major browsers with fake web addresses, as disclosed by the Rafay Baloch.
Mainstream Mobile Browsers in the Trap
Security Researcher Rafay Baloch, accompanied by Tod Beardsley (research director of Rapid7) has recently given users a warning sign against the vulnerable nature of some of most preferred and widely used browsers. As a common user, the most effective way to save oneself from the swindles is to test the magnify the web address that is put into the browser’s address bar and ensure its legality.
But what if the browsers with anti-fraudulent qualities that you’ve been so relying on in the matter of telling danger from what’s safe are themselves victimized by phishing?
As found by Rafay Baloch, some of the largely used mobile browsers possess enough vulnerabilities to yield down before online attacks. To name, these browsers count Safari by Apple, Opera and Yandex. The trick is: An attacker can deceive the browser into showing a totally different web address in place of the website a user is supposed to be on.
This online trap is laid at the time when a vulnerable browser loads. The bugs put the malicious web address in the address bar replacing the genuine one as an attacker picks while the page loads. Shockingly, such fake web addresses display security padlock and thus, try to reason their authenticity.
Till the day, Apple and Yandex are seen as the only ones in the list to accentuate the solutions in September and October. As far as the other popular browser Opera is concerned, the fixes for Opera Mini and Opera Touch browsers are paving the way to tackle the issues and hint at the rollout in offing, as suggested by Opera’s spokesperson Julia Szyndzielorz.
When it comes to UC Browser, the reactions have been otherwise. The makers haven’t indicated any patching to do against these vulnerabilities of browsers found by the researchers. UC Browser along with RITS Browser and Bolt Browser count over 600 million device installations, which makes it even more surprising to find things unmended.
The Way Out So Far
The only way out so far against these deceitful online practices is vigilance. Being vigilant against phishing activities becomes super important to stay as far from the trap as possible. Users must examine the link and be sure whether it is justified or not before they click on it and be misled at the hands of a malicious website. It is recommended to always double-check the sites users load and never overlook if something seems fishy.
Jyotsana is a technical writer with a non-technical background. An eye of detail and a knack for writing helps her to write technology related content.Apart from writing, she is a coffee connoisseur and an aesthete who rejoices in poetry and music during leisure.
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