What is Email Spoofing?

What is Email Spoofing?

Keeping email accounts safe is something that all private citizens and businesses need to monitor.

Keeping email accounts safe is something that all private citizens and businesses need to monitor. Sometimes it can be as simple as changing the password every month and maintaining a log of past passwords in case they are forgotten or in danger of being recycled. One notable problem to be on the lookout for is email spoofing, so first, let’s learn more about it.

Display Name Trickery

One of the most common forms of email spoofing is delivered through the display name. In this case, there is some trickery afoot. This technique is legitimately called display name deception. Most of the time, only the display name is shown, and since more users are relying on mobile devices these days, there is an exploit where the mobile device only shows the display name and nothing else. Trusted senders and brands are used to mask an attack by an intruder looking to steal your access credentials. Larger providers such as Gmail and Yahoo are aware of this, but at present, their platforms are still relatively prone to becoming the launching pads for spoofing attempts.

Using Real Domains

Another form of email spoofing comes through the use of actual website domains. This is where an authentic email address is used to fool the recipient. The domain spoofing attack thrives on using loopholes in email protocols.

Using Dummy Domains

Yet another form of spoofing is done through dummy domains. What do we mean by this? In short, they are known as look-alike domain attacks because they impersonate real domains. Popular email fonts and styles are used to confuse the recipient of these attacks. Extra words can also be added to legitimate-looking domains and bypass spam filters designed to weed these intruders out. 

Email Inbox Spoofing Attacks

Now, only one question remains: what are email inbox spoofing attacks? The emails of CEOs and CFOs, both company officers, are compromised and used for wire transfers or other financial transactions that don’t look out of the ordinary. Gift cards and other small rewards are also included in these attempts to make them look less unusual. 

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