Socketware Adopts Emerging E-mail Authentication Methods to Combat Phishing

Tuesday 8 June 2004 14:55 CET | News

Socketware, has announced that Accucast Accelerator is 100% compliant with America Onlines SPF and Microsofts Caller ID e-mail authentication programs. These technology solutions help Internet Service Providers differentiate legitimate e-mail marketers from deceptive spammers. Both AOL and Microsoft have recently introduced unique technology solutions designed to prevent "phishing," or the fraudulent misrepresentation of e-mail sender identity. Spammers often hide behind false identities, posing as legitimate companies in order to trick e-mail recipients into releasing personal and financial information. A study by the Anti-Phishing Working Group found that "Phishing" attacks totaled 1,125 in April 2004, nearly tripling from March, and up 40% from November 2003. Microsoft and AOLs solutions attempt to stop this tactic by inviting e-mail senders to verify their identity through published Domain Name System (DNS) records. If the DNS record of the sending company does not match what is provided, the mail is considered suspect and may be filtered or blocked by the ISP. Socketware has adopted this solution to help ensure that clients are classified as legitimate e-mail senders and to bolster the ISPs battle against fraudulent e-mail.

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