Companies Team Up To Catch Some Phish
from the concerted-effort dept
Anti-phishing software is not new. We wrote about it a couple months ago, when it looked like individual sites such as eBay were coming out with their own anti-phishing tools. For the most part, these were only helpful for very specific phishing scams (i.e., those directed at eBay users) and no one is interested in downloading a separate anti-phishing app for each and every site they visit. So, now, a group of tech companies and retailers are teaming up to come up with a standard method of fighting phishing scams. They call it the the Trusted Electronic Communications Forum (TECF) and hope to come up with a more standardized way of fighting phishing scams. Of course, since phishing is mostly a social engineering scam, it's unclear how much help a bit of technology will be in stopping it. The group admits that their goal isn't just to come up with technology solutions, but best practices and techniques to better track down the scammers. In other words, the goal is really just to educate both law enforcement and users about the risks of phishing scams. Of course, if Nigerian 419 scams are any example, it will be quite some time before they can reach those who are most vulnerable to these types of scams.