Microsoft, Google and more to fight email phishing

Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and AOL are among the leaders in offering web-based email services. Today those companies along with others are teaming up to form DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance). It's a new technical working group that is developing a new set of email standards designed to combat email spam and phishing.

In the group's press release, it states:

By introducing a standards-based framework, DMARC has defined a more comprehensive and integrated way for email senders to introduce email authentication technologies into their infrastructure. For example, a sender could set policies to easily request a provider to discard unauthenticated email in order to block phishing attacks. The specification also creates a mechanism for email providers to send detailed reports back to email senders to help catch any gaps in the authentication system. This feedback loop raises the trust level within the email ecosystem and makes it easier to detect and stop phishing attempts.

More information about how these new specifications will work can be found at the DMARC.org web site. DMARC plans to offer its specifications to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for their approval. Other companies involved in this effort include Facebook, LinkedIn, and PayPal.

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Morden said,
if google wants to fight against internet insecurity get their mobile OS and Marketplace together
Internet insecurity =/= Mobile device security.

cybertimber2008 said,
Internet insecurity =/= Mobile device security.

it is when a very large bunch of people are connected by the same service provider who continuously having serious security issues

Pishing EMails? I never got one... I got eMails like: "Please verify you PayPal account info on this website:..." yes, but is the problem the email or that I can open the website without any warnings? And a more secure eMail system not prevent me to open the same pishing website with a Facebook link. A mail system that works agains SPAM, yes, but against Pishing? The problem here is the webbrowser or/and the not up-to-date pishing URL database, in my opinion.

Well it's about time! See SOPA CAN make a difference, you threaten gov't involvement and look what happens people ACTUALLY take some responsibility.. amazing..

rijp said,
Well it's about time! See SOPA CAN make a difference, you threaten gov't involvement and look what happens people ACTUALLY take some responsibility.. amazing..

Please explain the train of thought that got you from SOPA to this.
SOPA has nothing to do with phishing, it tries to end piracy...

rijp said,
Well it's about time! See SOPA CAN make a difference, you threaten gov't involvement and look what happens people ACTUALLY take some responsibility.. amazing..

Whooooahhhhh, how the hell did that just happen.

I had a Chicken Keebab for my tea last night, See SOPA CAN make a difference, you threaten gov't involvement and get a Keebab for your tea.

That makes as much sense as your comment, now go on, back to youtube comments and yahoo answers with you!

rijp said,
Well it's about time! See SOPA CAN make a difference, you threaten gov't involvement and look what happens people ACTUALLY take some responsibility.. amazing..

Can't tell if trolling or just...

rijp said,
Well it's about time! See SOPA CAN make a difference, you threaten gov't involvement and look what happens people ACTUALLY take some responsibility.. amazing..
I think you should get off the internet so you don't hurt your head.

At least they are finally trying to keep things down. I know that currently they will just block them as spam and yet sometimes they get through however, its nice to see they are doing something about it on their own.