A new report from Venafi has found that over 100,000 domains have been registered that look very similar to the domains of popular online retailers. The domains use legitimate TLS certificates to make the website appear safe and trusted. This number is almost double the number of domains that were registered in 2018. Throughout their research, Venafi found that the top twenty retailers were targeted in the United States and the top retailer, who they did not name, had over 49,000 fake domains registered. Threat actors are using the service “Let’s Encrypt,” which offers free TLS certificates for any domain without verifying the identity of the owners of those domains.
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