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Some of the companies aiming to crack down on phishing emails
Some of the companies aiming to crack down on phishing emails
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Tech giants join forces to end phishing emails

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and PayPal are among the companies which have started a tough new approach to stopping scam emails.
Jan 31st 2012, 10:10 AM 2,251 6

SOME OF THE world’s biggest tech companies have joined forces in an effort to crack down on phishing and spam emails.

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook and PayPal are among the companies which have announced they are starting a new technical working group aimed at reducing the threat of deceptive emails.

The tech giants are all backing Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), which wants to bring in an authentication system to make sure only legitimate messages are delivered.

Phishing emails are ones which appear to come from a trustworthy source – such as a bank – and aim to extract information such as personal details or credit card details from an email user.

The new group says that it wants to increase communication between email senders and receivers to that it becomes more difficult for phishers to impersonate a business and send a fake email.

“Email phishing defrauds millions of people and companies every year, resulting in a loss of consumer confidence in email and the internet as a whole,” said Brett McDowell, the Chair of DMARC and a senior manager at Paypal.

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