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Giant Cybersecurity Threat Discovered Lurking in Plain Sight

Giant Cybersecurity Threat Discovered Lurking in Plain Sight
Our latest research has found that clickable links on websites can often be redirected to malicious destinations.

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Researchers have discovered that clickable links on websites can be redirected to malicious destinations, a phenomenon they call "hijackable hyperlinks." The study, published at the 2024 Web Conference, found these vulnerabilities on the websites of large companies, religious organizations, financial firms, and governments. These hyperlinks can be hijacked without triggering any alarms, posing a significant cybersecurity threat. The researchers also found over 572,000 phantom domains, which are internet domains that have never been purchased and can be hijacked if linked to. They suggest that website operators should use free tools to crawl their websites for broken links and fix them before they are hijacked. The study highlights the need for greater awareness and vigilance among web users and emphasizes the importance of data security on the web.

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