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Google, Facebook and others join hands in anti-phishing drive

January 31, 2012

Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, PayPal and others have resolved to work together on a common standard to check and block phishing e-mails.

15 big names in the tech industry are all set to announce coming Monday DMARC.org, acronym for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance-a system for validating and confirming that e-mails received are from legitimate sources.

The number of phishing e-mails is on a rise lately. Phishing as defined by Dictionary.com denotes, “To try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake Website that replicates the real one.”

DMARC.org is a method that offers a common way for companies to authenticate their legitimate communications with customers.

AOL, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, American Greetings, LinkedIn, and e-mail security providers Agari, Cloudmark, eCert, Return Path, and Trusted Domain Project are other companies supporting the DMARC.org campaign.

DMARC.org plans to submit the DMARC specification to the Internet Engineering Task Force for standardization.

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