Posted February 11, 2015
Among many interesting tidbits in Microsoft’s recent Windows 10 announcement was that it would include two Internet browsers: the classic Internet Explorer, and a new one called Spartan.
Although it’s not that big of news per se, criminals are taking advantage of the media attention that has accompanied the Spartan announcement – not to exploit potential security flaws, although we’re sure that will come soon – but to register domain names associated with it.
Using our proprietary Domain Database tool in our Cyber Threat Center, we found several domain names already registered by non-Microsoft parties, including:
Although there is no criminal activity associated with these registrations yet, spammers and cybercriminals often register variations of names like this to launch Phishing: The fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. or other online attacks, taking advantage of people who may be curious about new releases.
Did you know? Ongoing domain name registration monitoring can alert you to suspicious or malicious activity that may be associated with your brand.