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Typosquatting Directs Italian Cellphone Users to Phishing Site

Customers of an Italian bank have been lured by phishers who baited them with promises of cellphone-airtime credits, according to Mathew Maniyara on Symantec’s Connect blog.

The phishing site spoofed the login page of a popular Italian bank. After typing in the login credentials, the phishing page asked the customer to select his or her cellphone service providers. After the service provider was chosen, the page requested the customer's cellphone number and the amount of airtime to recharge. The phishing page claimed 40 Euros would be given as a bonus in addition to the amount selected for recharge.

The phishing site was hosted on servers based in the United States. The domain name of the site was a typosquat of the bank, so customers may have reached the phishing site from misspelling the legitimate website address, Maniyara wrote.

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