MarkMonitor to Provide Data to Help Microsoft Protect Customers From Phishing

Nov 17, 2005, 00:00 ET from MarkMonitor

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MarkMonitor(R), a leader
 in online corporate identity protection, announced today that it is working
 with Microsoft to help combat online identity theft.  MarkMonitor's fraud
 detection and response services monitor the Internet around the clock to
 detect and confirm phish attacks and other online fraud on behalf of financial
 institutions and other corporations.
     As a result of this agreement with Microsoft, MarkMonitor will deliver
 information about confirmed phish attacks against its customers directly to
 Microsoft for use by the company's Microsoft(R) Phishing Filter and
 SmartScreen(TM) Technology. By providing this data, MarkMonitor will help
 bolster the filtering and real-time alerting process of these technologies,
 which help protect users of Windows(R) Internet Explorer 7, MSN(R) Search
 Toolbar, MSN Hotmail(R) and Windows Live(TM) Mail Beta from phish attacks
 aimed at stealing their private financial and identity information.
     "Microsoft is committed to increasing consumer confidence in safely using
 the Internet for commerce and communications. As part of this effort, we're
 working with MarkMonitor, a proven anti-phishing technology provider, to help
 protect our customers," said John Scarrow, general manager, Anti-Spam and
 Anti-Phishing Team, Microsoft Technology Care and Safety Group. "MarkMonitor
 is a recognized leader in monitoring and detecting phishing and other online
 identity fraud, and this relationship allows us to learn from MarkMonitor's
 valuable fraud data and thereby help enhance the protection our technologies
 can provide for our customers."
     Phishers defraud consumers by misappropriating or impersonating corporate
 identity. Today phishing is conducted primarily via email, and focuses on
 harvesting consumer financial and identity information through impersonation
 of financial services companies. However, these same techniques are starting
 to be used in other consumer-oriented pitches, such as gift cards from major
 retailers, discounts on well-known luxury products, or 'free' travel offers.
 Phishing techniques are also used in illegal offers to sell counterfeit luxury
 goods, software and pharmaceuticals.
     MarkMonitor works with over 40% of the Fortune 100 to provide
 comprehensive full-lifecycle solutions for these and other problems related to
 the protection of a corporation's identity, its customers, and its revenues
 across the entire Internet.
     "We are pleased to be working with Microsoft to help enhance corporate and
 consumer anti-phishing protection within the Internet Explorer 7 browser, MSN
 Search Toolbar, MSN Hotmail and Windows Live Mail Beta," said Mark Shull, CEO
 of MarkMonitor. "MarkMonitor's mission is to provide an integrated solution
 for creating and protecting corporate identities on the Internet. We believe
 Microsoft's new offerings represent a major step forward in providing
 anti-phishing protection for our corporate customers as well as Microsoft's
 end-users, and furthers our mutual goal of making the Internet safe for
 conducting business."
     About MarkMonitor
     MarkMonitor is the global leader in establishing and protecting corporate
 identities on the Internet, with a focus on making the Internet safe for
 business. MarkMonitor is the only provider of integrated, end-to-end corporate
 identity creation and protection solutions-including global domain
 registration and trademark reconciliation, Internet brand protection,
 phishing/fraud detection and response, and online channel monitoring. For more
 on MarkMonitor, please refer to

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