Wikipedia defines phishing as "a form of social engineering, characterised by attempts to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business in an apparently official electronic communication, such as an email or an instant message. The term phishing arises from the use of increasingly sophisticated lures to "fish" for users' financial information and passwords."
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Anti-Phishing Working Group
Cross-industry global group supporting those tackling the phishing menace. Provides advice on anti-phishing controls and information on current trends.
Bank Safe Online
Advice from a UK banking industry group about phishing, money mules and Trojans.
Better Business Bureau
Consumer advice on how to avoid and report phishing attacks.
Free anti-phishing browser toolbar and embedded link checking software alerts the user if it detects phishing and related risks. Commercial products offer mutual authentication of websites and users.
Provider of X.509 digital certificates to authenticate genuine website contents, giving consumers greater confidence that they are not interacting with fake websites run by phishers.
Free anti-phishing software for Internet Explorer uses fraudulent site reports submitted by users to build a global blacklist.
Green Armor Solutions
Sells Identity Cues software to help users recognize fake websites through visual reminders linked to user login details.
Site Advisor anti-phishing toolbar plus free limited-functionality version.
Information about phishing scams.
Browser toolbar to report and block phishing sites identified by the toolbar user community. Identifies in which countries websites are hosted as further clues to their authenticity.
Phishing-related news from the financial services industry.
Provides general phishing information and prevention tips.
Clearing house for information on phishing sites reported by the public plus an open API to integrate the data into anti-phishing applications.
Archive of tens of thousands of scam emails in five categories, with advice on avoidance and reporting.
Spoof Email Tutorial
Explains how scammers trick people into thinking they're being contacted by eBay.
US-CERT Cyber Security Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft
Straightforward advice for those who fall prey to phishing and similar attacks.
Explains common phishing methods and dangers. Lots of references.
Last update:August 25, 2016 at 6:15:04 UTC