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Exposing Homograph Obfuscation Intentions by Coloring Unicode Strings [chapter]

Liu Wenyin, Anthony Y. Fu, Xiaotie Deng
Progress in WWW Research and Development  
Unicode has become a useful tool for information internationalization, particularly for applications in web links, web pages, and emails. However, many Unicode glyphs look so similar that malicious guys may utilize this feature to trick people's eyes. In this paper, we propose to use Unicode string coloring as a promising countermeasure to this emerging threat. A coloring algorithm is designed and prototyped to assign colors to a set of required languages/scripts such that each language/script
more » ... ch language/script is displayed uniquely in color, while the color difference among different languages is maximized. Based on that, we proposed both fixed and adaptive coloring schemes to render Unicode strings in weblinks and documents so as to distinguish mixed Unicode characters from different language/script groups and vividly illustrate potential Homograph Obfuscation intentions. Our user study shows that it is helpful to remind end users of weirdly displayed strings.
doi:10.1007/978-3-540-78849-2_29 dblp:conf/apweb/WenyinFD08 fatcat:fgbwk4yf3bagpov2u4zduxsgvu