Security researchers have discover that more than a half-dozen mobile browsers are at-risk for address bar spoofing, including Apple’s Safari…
Internet security experts have found that seven mobile browsers are prone to address bar spoofing. Among the vulnerable online portals is nonetheless Apple’s Safari. Although this trick is something that’s been around since the early days of public internet, the threats these pose have never been as dangerous as they are today. Nefarious actors can inflict much more harm, including deploying malware and more severe actions.
7 Mobile Browsers Susceptible to Address Bar Spoofing Attacks Cybersecurity Firm Warns
Address bar spoofing refers to an old technique. It allows hackers to modify a legitimate URL and display a fake one instead. While that doesn’t sound all that ominous, it’s a devious way to victimize consumers in a number of ways. And, because address bars are usually the only and last line of defense of mobile browsers, such a tactic is much easier to pull off.
Address bar spoofing can be done through various methods, generally relying on phishing emails with clickable links. Once potential targets are fooled into opening the fake URLs, they might be subjected to malware campaigns and/or stealing sensitive personal data, such as website login credentials and more.
The impacted mobile browsers include Apple’s Safari, Opera Touch, Opera Mini, Bolt, RITS, US Browser, and Yandex Browser, according to cybersecurity firm Rapid7.