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Is Your Domain Name Being Spoofed? Find out with DNStwister

By Mary Beth Hamilton | Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Hackers are tricky. And one common phishing attack trick is registering domain names similar to those of the targeted organizations with the goal of capitalizing on typos or fast readers. It is a modern day sleight of hand.

Here’s an example. You search for West Hamilton Capital and www.westhamiltoncaptal.com pops up. If the phishing site looks similar to the real website, there is a good chance a visitor could be fooled. Additionally, the domain can be used in phishing email scams.

That is why it is important for firms to keep an eye on their company’s domain name variations. Some firms may even wish to proactively register variants or block similar domains to reduce the risk of them being used in social engineering scams against employees.

How Do Firms Monitor Domain Registrations?

DNStwist is a domain name permutation engine for detecting typo squatting, phishing and corporate espionage. Another option is the domain name permutation service, DNStwister, which generates a list of domain names that are similar to the one that is inserted, checking to see if any of them are registered.

According to the DNStwister website, you can subscribe to receive alerts if a new domain is registered like yours, if an existing domain has changed IP address or has even been unregistered.

Here’s a sample DNStwister report for the fictitious West Hamilton Capital.


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