What is contentSpoofing?
Content spoofing is a hacking technique used to lure a user into a website that looks legitimate but is actually an expensive copy. Hackers looking to spoof content use dynamic HTML and frames to create a website with the expected URL and look similar, and then prompt the user for personal information. Content spoofing is also common with email notifications, account notifications, and so on.
A hacker can create a web page very similar to that of a legitimate website and then use that facade to gather the information that users normally enter on that page. This can be relatively harmless data like an email address or the username and password for that particular website. However, content spoofing can lead people to reveal more sensitive information like bank account numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, credit card numbers, postal addresses, etc.
Content spoofing in itself is not inherently harmful, but identity theft is consequences can, can be devastating and difficult to reverse. The best way to avoid these fake websites is to scrutinize even seemingly legitimate emails from trusted websites.