New enhancements to Phishing Filter protection for IE
Today Microsoft announced agreements with three new data providers – Cyota Inc., Internet Identity and MarkMonitor – who will regularly supply information to us on thousands of confirmed phishing Web sites to help ensure the URL reputation service that helps power the Phishing Filter is running with the latest information on known attacks that the industry can provide. We use this information in combination with the information reported to us directly by our customers through the Phishing Filter itself to help quickly block known phishing scams once they are reported. In fact, the service is actually updated several times an hour to help ensure the protection is pushed to users as quickly as possible.
For those of you familiar with how the service works, I should also say that we of course also still use machine-learning heuristics to scan pages for phishy characteristics to determine whether a warning is needed – which is particularly helpful in the space of time between when a phishing attack begins and when it gets reported to the service. But this dynamic reporting and blocking system for known bad sites is critically important for helping protect our customers and I’m excited that we’ve got some great new data providers on board to help. IEBlog : New enhancements to Phishing Filter protection for IE
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