A new report released Wednesday shows the use of fake internet domain names to trick consumers into giving up personal information is more widespread than experts originally thought.

This is largely because of the heightened use of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), which use homographs carefully crafted to look exactly like their English counterparts. Hackers create domain names that replace an English-language character with a look-alike character from another language — replacing the Latin letter ‘a’ with the Cyrillic letter ‘a,’ for instance — as a way of luring users to fake websites where they’re prompted to enter their personal information…


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