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Mozilla Firefox Hooks Phishers
Third-Party Netcraft Toolbar Addresses Global Problem
By: Jeremy Geelan
May. 26, 2005 08:00 PM
Free Toolbar Goes Phishing
Netcraft, based in Bath, England has released a free toolbar for the Mozilla Firefox browser that runs on all OS environments supported by Firefox and fights phishing by displaying the hosting location, country, longevity, popularity, and an abstracted risk rating for each site visited.
Additionally, the toolbar blocks access to phishing sites reported
by other members of the Netcraft Toolbar community and validated by
Netcraft, mobilizing the community into a giant neighborhood watch
scheme which empowers the most alert and experienced members to protect
the vulnerable against fraud and phishing attacks. The company has reported 60,000 downloads within hours of its release this week.
Phishing, which despite is cute name is actually a word that often means "criminal enterprise," is a growing problem to even sophisticated e-mail and web users. Netcraft says that more than 7,000 phishing sites have been detected and blocked by people suing this Toolbar.
The company is also offering customized versions of the toolbar with corporate branding and navigation.
Netcraft said it has no current plans to offer versions of the toolbar for other browsers.
Netcraft was perhaps inspired by its home city of Bath, England
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