AOL Begins Blocking Phishing Sites
In a major initiative to combat the growing threat of identity theft scams, AOL announces it will begin to work internally and with partners to identify and block member access to phishing sites.In a major initiative to combat the growing threat of identity theft scams, AOL announced it will begin to work internally and with partners to identify and block member access to phishing sites. AOL says the blocks affect only dangerous sites, and will not be extended to censor questionable content. The move will be the first time AOL has made a concerted effort to prevent its members from reaching the dark corners of the Web. The company previously only blocked small numbers of sites on an "ad hoc basis" based on "internal referrals during work hours," a company spokesperson told BetaNews. Phishing is the designation given to a class of socially engineered attacksgenerally carried out like spam via e-mailthat steal consumers passwords, credit card numbers and other personally identifiable information. Very often these scams look like genuine e-mails from companies such as PayPal and eBay.
To keep its users protected from phishing, AOL is joining forces with Cyota, an anti-fraud and security solution provider for financial institutions. When a site is blocked, any AOL member who tries to visit the page will encounter a notice explaining the danger.