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Proofpoint sues Facebook over dummy sites used for anti-phishing training


Cybercriminals often imitate popular brands’ sites, including Facebook and Instagram, to dupe unsuspecting users, then pilfer their credentials or distribute malware. Proofpoint is one of several security companies that provides customers with phishing training that includes look-alike domains of popular brands in order to test clients’ wits on avoiding common cons.

By sending messages that appear to be from “Instagrarn” rather than “Instagram,” for instance, Proofpoint and other email security firms test clients’ ability to detect attacks. Social media sites, particularly Facebook and Instagram, are typically among the top most imitated in criminals’ so-called typo-squatting schemes, according to Palo Alto Networks research published in September.

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