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 BBC News ::Fix found for net security flaw

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

How does this work ?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7496735.stm

It seems to suggest that even if you key your bank's address [manually] you can still get directed to a fake site.

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Mr Kaminsky discovered the error in the workings of the Domain Name System (DNS) about six months ago.

DNS is used to convert web addresses written in words - such as www.bbc.com - into the numerical sequences used by computers to route internet traffic around the world.

The flaw revolves around the way that the servers that translate words into numbers handle the requests they get.

Unresolved the flaw would make it simple to operate "phishing" scams, in which users are directed to fake webpages supposedly for genuine banks or businesses and are tricked into disclosing credit card details or other personal data.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:55 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Explains why XP has been pestering me all day about 'Upgrades are available for your computer'

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