Saw this on the home page of AOL, so something to do with phishing:
AOL Launches Major Campaign Against Phishing
Round-the-Clock Blocking of Suspected Phishing Sites
DULLES, VA – APRIL 20, 2005 – America Online has announced a major new initiative to combat "phishing" -- the practice of using fraudulent e-mail and fake Web sites to solicit sensitive personal information from users. As part of that campaign, America Online has partnered with Cyota, Inc., the leading anti-fraud and online security solution provider for financial institutions, to identify and block access to suspected phishing sites through a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week monitoring process.
"Phishing and identity theft are the fastest-growing security threats online, and we will work around the clock to protect our members from scam artists and criminals," said Tatiana Platt, AOL Senior Vice President and Chief Trust Officer. "By limiting our members' access to suspected phishing sites, we're cutting the lines before a phisher can reel them in to steal sensitive financial and personal information. Criminals beware: If you go phishing on AOL, you just might hook something that bites back."
America Online is working with Cyota to evaluate potential phishing sites based on member feedback through its "Report Spam" button and through other sources. When a possible phishing site is identified, AOL limits access to the site and informs any members who attempt to visit it that it is suspected of being a dangerous site. In addition to sites that are fraudulently attempting to spoof pages of the AOL service, America Online is also working to prevent access to fraudulent Web sites imitating other legitimate companies like banks, credit card issuers, online auctions
, or online payment facilitators.
In addition to the effort announced today, AOL has a range of other tools and strategies to help protect members from phishing scams. Among those:
AOL® Official Mail: AOL created a different color, icon, look, and feel to identify legitimate official e-mail correspondence from the company. "AOL Official Mail" has a unique icon in the members' mailbox, a different color when opened, and special branding at the top to differentiate it from scams and phishing attempts. Find out more.
Spam/Phishing Blocking: As part of spam-fighting efforts, AOL uses a variety of methods to block unusual quantities or types of e-mail that pass through AOL's servers. As phishing is generally done via mass e-mail attacks, spam controls also block many phishing attempts. Find out more.
AOL® PassCode: The AOL PassCode device is offered as a premium service that allows members to add an additional level of security to their accounts in addition to their password. Find out more.
AOL® Money Alerts: AOL Money Alerts notify members of unusual account activity on their registered bank accounts or credit cards. Money Alerts can offer an early warning system of possible identity theft or phishers attempting to use an account. Find out more.
Phishing and Security Alerts: AOL has also created a special area of the service through AOL Keyword: Phishing to help inform members about useful tips and alert them to scams. Also, AOL recently launched new Security Alerts that regularly update members about new phishing attempts and other scams. Find out more.