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SpoofStick (Anti-Phishing Tool)

by Donna Buenaventura / May 12, 2004 3:41 AM PDT

What is SpoofStick?

SpoofStick is a simple browser extension that helps users detect spoofed (fake) websites. A spoofed website is typically made to look like a well known, branded site (like ebay.com or citibank.com) with a slightly different or confusing URL. The attacker then tries to trick people into going to the spoofed site by sending out fake email messages or posting links in public places - hoping that some percentage of users won't notice the incorrect URL and give away important information. This practice is sometimes known as "phishing".

SpoofStick makes it easier to spot a spoofed website by prominently displaying only the most relevant domain information. It's not a comprehensive solution, but it's a good start. For example, if you're on the following legitimate ebay URL.

Spoofstick will say: "You're on ebay.com".

If you get fooled by going to a spoofed site, for example http://signin.ebay.com@ (a "spoof" example used by ebay in their customer outreach),

Spoofstick will say: "You're on"

You can customize the color and size of the SpoofStick display to suit your tastes and make it harder for a fake site to try to "spoof" SpoofStick with a static graphic.

SpoofStick contains no adware, spyware, nagware or other unhealthy additives.

Info and Download SpoofStick for Internet Explorer or Firefox at http://www.corestreet.com/spoofstick/

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