Call for action against phishing

ISPs and e-commerce sites could use more tools to combat the rise of phishing, and produce ‘whitelists’ of legitimate websites, according to a US report by the National Consumers League.

ISPs and e-commerce sites could use more tools to combat the rise of phishing, and produce ‘whitelists’ of legitimate websites, according to a US report by the National Consumers League.

The report, A Call for Action, was released by an amalgam of consumer groups, technology suppliers, financial services organisations and law enforcement agencies, and calls on internet service companies to beef up consumer education.

One suggestion is for internet companies and law enforcement agencies to enter false information, such as bogus credit card numbers, into phishing websites, allowing police to find phishing scammers by tracking the use of those false numbers.

The report also calls on technology companies to build anti-phishing security into products, and for ISPs and domain name registrars to explore using both whitelists and blacklists to separate legitimate websites from phishing sites.

There is already concern among e-commerce companies that internet users are becoming more wary of conducting business online because of phishing scams and other cyber security problems.

The call for action is an appropriate one. There has to be more innovative thinking from the security community to counter the sophistication of phishers.

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