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A Caution During the Season of Giving

Created: 18 Dec 2008 15:31:21 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:38:32 GMT
Mayur Kulkarni's picture
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Like so many forms of donations today, contributions to cancer research and treatment can be made online. Unfortunately, any online business or charity can be prone to phishing attacks against unsuspecting users. We have come across messages posing as though they have been sent from a legitimate cancer institute, but with spoofed URLs inside. These spoofed URLs redirect users to fake websites where online donations can be made. When a user enters their email address and password for making payments, an error is shown and they are redirected to the legitimate site. This is common behavior seen with such attacks. The actual intention of these phishing websites is to harvest email addresses and steal confidential information.

Simple preventive measures such as manually typing legitimate URLs directly in the browser can be employed to make your contributions. It is the season of giving, but please make your online contributions with caution.