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Novel Phishing Trick Uses Weird Links to Bypass Spam Filters

May 11, 2022

Researchers have identified a never-before-seen method for sneaking malicious links into email inboxes.

The clever trick takes advantage of a key difference in how email inboxes and browsers read URLs, according a Monday report by Perception Point.

The attacker crafted an unusual link using an “@” symbol in the middle. Ordinary email security filters interpreted it as a comment, but browsers interpreted it as a legitimate web domain. Thus the phishing emails successfully bypassed security, but when targets clicked on the link inside, they were directed to a fake landing page nonetheless.

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