Who do you trust online?
Your friends? Lady Gaga? The media? How about the BBC?
If you read a news story on the BBC website, would you trust what it was saying?
A Naked Security reader forwarded us this interesting email which (fortunately) had been quarantined by his anti-spam defences. What’s particularly interesting is the webpage to which it links.
If you were tempted to click on the link are taken to a website which looks like this.
A pretty convincing replica of the BBC website. But, of course, it’s not the real BBC News website at www.bbc.co.uk/news, but instead a page that is copying the popular site’s graphics and style.
The URL in the address bar might be a giveaway, if you were watching carefully enough.
And see how it refers to a housewife in Abingdon – that’s because I was in Abingdon, just outside Oxford, UK, when I visited the webpage. The site has tailored its content to appear more compelling to me by determining where in the world I am.
If I had…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.