That sound you hear is a bunch of the staffers at jeb2016.com (the official Jeb Bush website) trying to make it seem like they are on top of their web presence. Or is that the Trump team, laughing? We can't be sure.
The Washington Post reported yesterday that people who type "jebbush.com" into a browser found themselves redirected to Donald Trump's official site, donaldjtrump.com. You read that right -- one of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States has found himself on the wrong side of one of the most basic domain abuse issues. Someone else has registered a similar domain and is using it to confuse the public. Try it: jebbush.com (It's fun!)
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Yes, it's funny for a moment. But in reality it is very scary. In fact, it is potentially devastating.
The massive breach at Anthem earlier this year originated from spear phishing emails that were sent from domains that impersonated Anthem. The employees who recieved the emails did not notice that the emails originated from a rogue address. They unwittingly opened attachments or clicked on links that gave the attackers inside access to Anthem networks.
When others appropriate your web presence by registering or appropriating a similar or easily mistaken domain, they put themselves in a position to confuse your message, siphon revenues or worse.
How big a problem can it be?...
Just a month ago, I wrote about an emerging critical cyber threat trend -- attacks centered on health care providers and health insurance systems. These schemes are very lucrative for thieves because the loot, electonic health records, contains everything needed -- social security numbers, known addresses, phone numbers, relatives, payment preferences -- to create duplicate identities for individuals. Just add the photo.
Recently, on Dark Reading, Sara Peters and Ericka Chickowski wrote a great piece that ran about PII-centric attacks and threats in the healthcare market.
As the Health Care marketplace moves online, opportunistic criminals are retraining their attacks to focus on Health Care consumers.
Over the past decade, there has been enormous pressure on the healthcare industry to move health records online. Today, according to studies recently published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, almost 90 percent of all doctors and almost 75 percent of all hospitals have deployed at least a basic electronic health record system. And, these adoption rates have soared over the past five years. Insurance reimbursements have been managed online for years, and healthcare enrollments through employers are increasingly managed through a Web browser. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act, with its online purchase model, further accelerated the migration of healthcare to a predominantly online model.
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