Microsoft has signed up three more specialist companies to add phishing monitoring and detection technology to its antiphishing filter in the MSN Search Toolbar as well as the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7.
The companies are Cyota, MarkMonitor, and Internet Identity. Cyota, based in New York, offers online authentication and anti-phishing services to provide real-time information about phishing attacks. MarkMonitor monitors and detects online fraud for financial institutions and other corporations, while Internet Identity automatically detects and takes reports for phishing Web sites for a wide range of clients, such as banks and credit unions.
Microsoft offers anti-phishing technology in Internet Explorer 7, which will be available for the new Windows Vista operating system and Windows XP Service Pack 2. Windows Vista is now in beta test and is scheduled to ship in the last quarter of 2006. Windows XP SP2 is available now, though the Internet Explorer 7 technology for the operating system is still in a beta version.
Microsoft has previously worked only with WholeSecurity, which was recently acquired by Symantec, to provide information about phishing activity and known phishing sites to its filters. The company also plans to partner with more companies to provide phishing information. The more that can be done to get on top of phishing, the better, before it starts to erode everyone’s confidence in buying online.