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January 4, 2004

Netcraft reeling in phishers

Netcraft Ltd has developed a service targeted at banks and other financial services organizations it claims can help clamp down on phishing.

By CBR Staff Writer

The service can identity sites presenting a fraudulent online presence through a fake front-end, which pretends to be the bank to steal customers’ identities a practice called phishing.

Netcraft, who compiles the massive Web Server Survey, said this survey provides the hostname and domain names for more than 46 million web sites and the front-page content for just under 20 million sites.

This means Netcraft can search each for occurrences of the bank’s domains, trademarks and commonly used phrases, the company said.

This article is based on material originally produced by ComputerWire.

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