BEDFORD, Mass. - April 18, 2007 -
RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), today announced that it has broadened its strategic relationship with EarthLink (NASDAQ: ELNK).
The companies started working together in 2005 when EarthLink joined the RSA FraudActionSM Blocking Network in order to enhance its phisher blocking tools and services further. With today's announcement, EarthLink has also joined the RSA FraudAction worldwide detection network, a move that will augment RSA's ability to counter more attacks faster, and provide end-users with greater protection against online threats such as phishing.
"Consumers live in an 'always on' world; most have a constant broadband Internet connection and are 'always on' the lookout for threats that can compromise their computers," said Jonathan Young, EarthLink's vice president of security software, subscription and services. "Similarly, EarthLink is always on the offensive to make sure consumers have the tools they need for a safe online experience. Working with RSA and deploying products like EarthLink's ScamBlocker are only a few examples of our commitment to provide all Internet users with features that keep them safe from online threats."
"We are committed to helping organizations accelerate their online businesses and boost consumer confidence through enhanced security. Working with forward-thinking, customer-facing companies like EarthLink helps both parties achieve their aims in this regard," said Marc Gaffan, Director of Marketing, Consumer Solutions at RSA. "When dealing with online threats like phishing, speed is critical – the faster we can detect attacks, the faster we can block access to them and shut them down. By expanding our relationship with EarthLink to include both detection and blocking, our customers and consumers everywhere will benefit from added protection and peace of mind."
Rapid Detection of Phishing Attacks
The RSA FraudAction service includes a broad detection network that is designed to allow RSA's 24x7 Anti-Fraud Command Center to be rapidly aware of unfolding attacks. RSA's fraud analysts then proceed to block and shut down the attacks to mitigate any potential damage. The RSA detection network includes feeds from a multitude of sources, including various anti-spam partners, domain-monitoring, honeypots and more. EarthLink, which encourages its users to report phishing attacks, sends RSA a feed of phishing attacks and the copies of phishing emails that are provided by its users; this additional source enhances RSA's detection capabilities and assists in mitigating attacks as soon as possible.
Blocking Access to Confirmed Fraudulent Sites
Since mid-2005, the RSA 24x7 Anti-Fraud Command Center has provided data to enhance ScamBlocker ( www.scamblocker.com) — EarthLink's consumer application designed to help protect Internet users from insidious phishing site scams. RSA sends EarthLink and its other blocking partners a feed of confirmed fraudulent sites. EarthLink's ScamBlocker then warns users before they access known or suspected phishing sites, and redirects them to an EarthLink-generated Web page that provides additional information about phishing and similar online scams, and details on the actions subscribers can take to further protect themselves. ScamBlocker is available to all Internet users, not just EarthLink access subscribers.
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