[AFRI-Discuss] 26 August 1300 UTC: Briefing Session on Registrar Impersonation in Phishing Attacks

At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org
Tue Aug 19 10:19:57 EDT 2008

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to a briefing attended by Dave Piscitello from
the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) on Registrar
Impersonation in Phishing Attacks.

The briefing will be on August 26th at 1300 UTC. The meeting will be
recorded and there will be simultaneous interpretation in French and

Please find the SSAC Advisory on Registrar Impersonation and participation
instructions on the meeting page. There is also a link to follow this
presentation using Adobe Connect.


What is Registrar Impersonation in Phishing Attacks?

The attacker impersonates a domain name registrar and sends an expected or
anticipated correspondence to a registrar¹s customer (a registrant)
regarding a domain name related matter. Examples of expected correspondence
include a notice of pending expiration of a domain name registration, a
promotional email, a notice informing the registrant of an account
management issue, or generally, any correspondence that requires or
encourages a customer¹s immediate attention. The correspondence, however, is
bogus. The phisher creates a web site that is deceptively similar to the
registrar¹s site to induce the customer into accessing his domain management
account and unwittingly disclose his account credentials to the phisher. The
phisher will use the customer¹s captured credentials to access the
customer¹s domain name portfolio, alter DNS information of domain name(s) in
that account and use the domains to abet additional attacks.

Nick Ashton-Hart, Matthias Langenegger, Frederic Teboul
ICANN At-Large Staff
email: staff at atlarge.icann.org

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