Fortinet Provides Anti-Pharming Primer
Security company Fortinet has released a paper offering guidelines to identifying so-called pharming (define) scams.
Fortinet says that Gartner reported similar scams, such as phishing (define), accounting for $2.4 billion in fraud, or an average of $1,200 per victim in 2004.
Fortinet paper offers five steps to identify a site that may be part of a pharming attack, including simple visual cues where the faked site doesn't quite match the legitimate site it's imitating, requests for more information than normal, the lack of SSL encryption (as indicated by a missing "padlock" icon in the browser window), and alerts to SSL certificate validation problems.
The paper is available as a five page PDF from Fortinet site.