Internet Security Firm Offers Anti-Phishing Service

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2004-01-05 Print this article Print

Leveraging their famous Web server survey, British firm Netcraft will search for abusive company name and site references.

Internet services firm Netcraft, most famous for its survey of Web server software usage, has announced a service mainly for banks and other financial organizations to track use of their name, brands, trademarks and slogans on the Internet. The service is intended to detect and facilitate quick removal of attempts at fraud, identity theft and other "phishing" attacks. In addition to leveraging the data from its monthly surveys, including home page data from almost 20 million sites, the service will include real-time monitoring of spam for domains, brands and company names. Bath, England-based Netcraft will also monitor DNS registrations and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate common names.

Clients will receive details of the site registration and hosting locations of potentially offending sites, as well as classification of the severity of the incident. Netcraft will review site content manually in order to give a proper classification.

While the focus of the service is on financial organizations, it should apply to any commercial organization that is subject to phishing-style attacks. The same techniques allow Netcraft to offer monitoring for non-phishing trademark infringement.

Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel