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It takes a lot of wrongdoing to mobilize the FBI, nine of the top 10 U.S. banks and corporations like Microsoft and America Online. All these organizations banded together in December to fight phishing, a fast-growing form of online identity theft that is costing billions of dollars and threatening the future of e-commerce. "It's the fastest emerging threat to our members," said Andrew Weinstein, a spokesman for AOL, one of the founding members of the Digital PhishNet group. "It's right at the top of our hit list."
Unfortunately, Digital PhishNet is only about catching phishers. They could be more helpful if they offered some unbiased recommendations on software tools that could help innocent would be phish from being hooked in the first place.
There are several tools being offered these days, like the ones from netcraft, protecteer and others. What works for end users and what does not - is a real issue that Digital PhishNet could help with.