Obscuring the Address
Malicious coders, such as phishers, often will use this technique to obscure the actual address of the site they send you to. For example, they might send you a message that appears to be from Paypal and include a link that looks something like this:
So what does it actually look like? Try pressing the button below. In the Status bar, the link appears to take you to the White House site, but it actually takes you to the latest column of one of our eWEEK columnists. Next page: Mozilla not immune.
- http://firstname.lastname@example.org/accounts/validate.htm (The IP address I used is illegal for the same reason they use 555 phone numbers on TV shows.)