Cyrillic Characters Are Favorites for IDN Homograph Attacks

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Cyrillic (Russian alphabet) characters are the most common characters used in IDN homograph attacks, according to research published last month by Farsight Security.

IDN stands for internationalized domain name, and is a domain name spelled out using non-Latin characters, such as Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese, or Japanese letters.

IDNs domains have been introduced in 2010, but they have started to catch on only in recent years, as more website owners realized they could own a domain spelled in their native language.

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