FBI Issues Warning About Spoofed Website Domains

The FBI has warned the public that cybercriminals have created fake domains attributed to their agency.

The FBI has warned the public that cybercriminals have created fake domains attributed to their agency.

The FBI said it had observed “unattributed cyber actors” registering multiple domains pretending to be legitimate FBI websites to gather personal information and distribute false information.

According to the FBI, the said spoofed domains are known to have slightly altered characteristics of legitimate domains.

“A spoofed domain may feature an alternate spelling of a word, or use an alternative top-level domain, such as a “[.]com” version of a legitimate “[.]gov,” explained the FBI.

The public could unknowingly visit such sites on their own or be phished with emails which may also use spoofed domains to appear more credible.

The FBI said that they have listed around 78 spoofed domains, but said that the list was not comprehensive.

The FBI further warned that the public should “critically evaluate the websites they visit, and the messages sent to their personal and business email accounts, to seek out reliable and verified FBI information.” 


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