Glossary »


Spoofing (Cybersecurity)

Definition: Spoofing, in the context of cybersecurity, refers to the practice where cyber attackers disguise themselves as legitimate user or device to gain unauthorized access, steal data, spread Malware, or bypass access controls. The aim is to trick the recipient into believing that the source of the information is reliable, thereby manipulating them to perform specific actions or reveal confidential information.

Types of Spoofing:

  1. Email Spoofing: In email spoofing, attackers forge the header of an email so it appears to come from a trusted source. This method is often used in Phishing attacks where the aim is to trick the recipient into revealing sensitive data, such as login credentials or credit card numbers.

  2. Caller ID Spoofing: Caller ID spoofing involves changing the caller ID to show a different number or name. The attacker pretends to be a trusted entity, such as a bank or government agency, to trick the victim into providing sensitive information.

  3. IP Spoofing: IP spoofing involves forging the IP address in the header of a packet to make it seem like it's coming from a trusted source. This method is commonly used in Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks to hide the source of the attack.

  4. Website Spoofing: Website spoofing involves creating a copy of a legitimate website with the intention of stealing users' information. When users enter their credentials into the spoofed website, the attackers gain access to their sensitive data.

  5. GPS Spoofing: In GPS spoofing, attackers manipulate GPS receivers to show inaccurate location data. This can be used for various malicious activities, from misleading delivery services to military applications.

Prevention: While spoofing is a potent threat, individuals and businesses can protect themselves by implementing robust cybersecurity practices. These include using firewalls, employing reliable spam filters, regularly updating software and systems, and maintaining vigilance towards suspicious activity. Training to recognize and respond to spoofing attacks is also crucial. Verifying sources independently rather than trusting information presented at face value is always advisable.