Hiding fingerprints is always a key point for cyber-crooks, which is why spoofing (hiding relevant identity elements) is a commonly used resource. Impersonating a legitimate identity is always a good technique, as it guarantees that the action is illegitimate by means of a reliable and trustworthy name. Spoofing can take the form of names, email accounts and web addresses, anything can be used to impersonate a trusted person, company or entity.
Thus, cyber-crooks are constantly exploring new techniques for spoofing, and researchers and security companies are constantly working to find security holes that can be used for this purpose. The latest example of this is an investigation carried out by Rapid7, which has identified a vulnerability affecting multiple mobile Web browsers, which allows users to modify the Web address displayed in the address bar.
Apple Safari and Opera Touch are two of the browsers affected by this spoofing problem. In the case of Safari, Apple claims to have already fixed the problem, while Opera claims that an updated and free version of this problem will be released on November 11th. Other affected browsers include RITS Browser, Yandex Browser, Bolt Browser and UCWeb. With respect to the latter two, there is currently no evidence that they will solve the problem, which is still present.