Website spoofing

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Website spoofing is the act of creating a website, as a hoax, with the intention of misleading readers that the website has been created by a different person or organisation.Another meaning for spoof is fake websites. Normally, the website will adopt the design of the target website and sometimes has a similar URL.[1]

Another technique is to use a 'cloaked' URL. By using domain forwarding, or inserting control characters, the URL can appear to be genuine while concealing the address of the actual website.[2]

The objective may be fraudulent, often associated with phishing or e-mail spoofing, or to criticize or make fun of the person or body whose website the spoofed site purports to represent.[3]

As an example of the use of this technique to parody an organization, in November 2006 two spoof websites were produced claiming that Microsoft had bought Firefox and released Microsoft Firefox 2007.[4]

See also


  1. "Spoof website will stay online", BBC News, 29 July 2004
  2. Anti-Phishing Technology", Aaron Emigh, Radix Labs, 19 January 2005
  3. "How to recognize spoofed Web sites", Microsoft, 26 October 2006
  4. "Fake Sites Insist Microsoft Bought Firefox", Gregg Keizer, InformationWeek, 9 November 2006

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