Phishing websites look more legit with SSL certs from major companies
The Web is full of deception, and it’s sometimes still hard for people to figure out if the website they’re viewing really is what it says it is.
This type of cyberattack, known as phishing, is designed to elicit sensitive details from victims by creating websites that look nearly identical to services like PayPal or Bank of America.
Despite improvements in quickly detecting and taking such sites offline, it’s still a huge problem.
A U.K.-based network monitoring company, Netcraft, says fraudsters are exploiting weaknesses in technology companies in order to make more convincing looking phishing sites.
Many websites use SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security) certificates to verify their domain name and encrypt communications with users.