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AOL Boasts Anti-Phishing Protection

Reuters Newswire (
Wed, 5 Oct 2005 12:24:19 -0500

America Online, the online division of Time Warner Inc., on Wednesday
said it plans to step up protections against the illegal gathering of
subscribers' sensitive data through fraudulent Web sites.

AOL said it has struck partnerships with MarkMonitor Inc. and
Cyveillance and expanded an agreement with Cyota Inc. to help prevent
what's popularly known as "phishing."

The companies will help AOL spot and block sites that mimic legitimate
companies. AOL also plans to monitor for new phishing sites across the
Web as well as track down suspicious links contributed by its

"The only difference between a phisher and a mugger is that a phisher
uses a keyboard and not a gun," Tatiana Platt, AOL Chief Trust
Officer, said in a statement.

The move follow improvements AOL made in late September to block out
programs that track user behavior, known as "spyware."

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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