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What is domain hijacking?
When a domain is hijacked or spoofed, it redirects users to an external website which can infect their computer or device with malicious programs. This occurs when someone changes the website that a domain name is registered to without permission of the original registrant.
How does domain hijacking work?
Domain hijacking is often used to harm the original domain name holder who is cut off from income generated by the site. It can also be used in phishing attacks against visitors who believe they are viewing the original website, when in fact it is a duplicate designed to steal their personal details. Sometimes these stolen domains are sold to third parties.