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 www.markmonitor.com.