CipherTrust Advances Prevention And Detection Of Phishing And Brand Spoofing

By | March 29, 2006

Continuing its initiative to restore trust in messaging communications and prevent phishing attacks, CipherTrust, Inc., today launched (available at, a free online resource where legitimate organisations may register their Websites and receive notifications of online fraud attempts. The site ultimately helps safeguard organisations and end users by detecting phishing scams that fraudulently use a company´s name. monitors the content of legitimate websites and alerts companies when attempts to duplicate their websites are detected. Legitimate organisations can use these alerts to actively inform customers of phishing attacks and to assist with other efforts to combat fraud. Users are also able to register their own websites, as well as other legitimate websites that they may use, such as financial institutions, to help ensure their sensitive information is protected.

Dr. Paul Judge, chief technology officer at CipherTrust, said: “Online fraud is a race between the bad guys, who rush to post false sites to snare unsuspecting users and the good guys – legitimate businesses that are protecting their brand and customers. Think of as a ´neighbourhood watch´ that dramatically speeds the pace at which organisations are notified of phishing attempts-a significant advantage in the race to ensure trust in the Internet and in online


Successful phishing attacks are based on a form of copying or re-engineering of a website´s design and layout in order to appear legitimate. CipherTrust uses a proprietary technique called Phisherprinting(tm) to analyse and determine the legitimacy of websites based on similarity matching technology.

CipherTrust Research – Sharing technology and innovation

The CipherTrust Research Portal is home to numerous industry resources, including, and of CipherTrust´s free tools to stop spam, fraud and phishing. The Research Portal also provides access to research updates, events and statistics. CipherTrust Research is focused on improving the world´s messaging security posture by contributing to the advancement of messaging security technologies, promoting awareness and education and working with government and law enforcement agencies around the world.

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