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DomainKeys Offers Phishing Solution
By: Katie Gatto
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    2008-10-01

    Table of Contents:
  • DomainKeys Offers Phishing Solution
  • How They Fool You
  • You're Not Alone
  • DomainKeys Mounts its White Steed (or is that my router?)

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    We have all received ordinary spam. If you haven't had to deal with phishing emails, however, consider yourself lucky. Fortunately, Yahoo's solution, DomainKeys, looks set to be more widely adopted now that Google is on board. For more details of the phishing problem, and DomainKeys' solution, keep reading.

    The Problem at Hand

    Most people in this day and age have email in one form or another, and the odds are that if you are reading this you have it yourself. This means that you have probably gotten at least one, or more than likely at least a dozen, email messages trying to trick you into giving up your precious, precious data.

    Your inbox is constantly under attack. In addition to the mind numbing, never ending stream of spam that is willing to tell you how to "Plz her with your enormosity" or "get rich in 30 seconds by taking surveys about the taste of baby food," and the endless rounds of displaced Nigerian princes who need you to help them launder the money from their secret diamond mines, there sits another threat.

    This threat doesn't come with the flashy, attention grabbing and comic headlines of sales spam nor the outrageously bad, dime store novel plotting of the faux letters of African royalty. When you see it, you may not even recognize it to be spam at all. The odds are that, unlike the casual glance and derisive laugh that most of these attempts to cheat your money away from you earn, this little electronic missive will most likely be opened, read and though about. A surprising number of people have fallen prey to this form of impersa-scam; people who are well educated and usually careful with their online data have even been known to fall prey to its evil sweeping claws.

    These hucksters, who sit out in the dark reaches of cyberspace, with their web based webs to ensnare the unlucky, use a technique called Phishing. Phishing is a social network type of attack, which means that the people who are perpetrating this fraud are not relying on the nodes in a server of a web site's security system; as a matter of fact, they want the system to remain normal and active.

    They are looking for the security flaws in the end users of those systems. They are the vultures of human nature, feeding on the financial carcasses of those who were trusting enough to follow the link in their inbox. This form of phishing comes in two distinct types.

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