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AOL to Block Identity Theft Sites

T. Sean Weintz (
20 Apr 2005 08:09:43 -0700

NEW YORK (Reuters) - America Online on Wednesday is expected to unveil
plans to block identity theft sites and monitor suspected Web sites
around the clock.

The online unit of Time Warner Inc. partnership with Cyota, a New
York-based online security company, to help identify and block sites
imitating legitimate companies, such as banks that are suspected of
soliciting personal information, or "phishing."

"Phishing and identity theft are the fastest-growing security threats
online," said Tatiana Platt, an AOL senior vice president said in a
statement. "By limiting our members' access to suspected phishing
sites, we're trying to cut the lines before a phisher can reel them

Platt said AOL also plans to release other products aimed at curbing
junk mail and other online scams.

AOL has implemented a number of subscriber security measures in recent
months, including a keychain-sized passcode generator needed to log
into an account that provides password security on par with corporate
computer users.

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