OpenDNS' and Anti-Phishing Working Group to Share Data

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Non-profit anti-phishing groups partner to improve data sharing and analysis

OpenDNS' and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (, today announced that they have established a research partnership to share data and analysis on phishing attacks and trends.

In the month of February 2007, the most recent month for which statistics from both organizations are available, and APWG collectively received nearly fifty thousand reports of phishing Web sites.

"We have tremendous respect for the work Anti-Phishing Working Group has done to raise visibility of phishing among the general public," said David Ulevitch, CEO of OpenDNS, operators of PhishTank. "Teaming up with APWG makes perfect sense for PhishTank and we are honored to be affiliated with such an accomplished organization."

"We are pleased to welcome as a member of the APWG," said David Jevans, Chairman of the Anti-Phishing Working Group. "Phishing and crimeware continue to threaten trust and security for Internet communications and e-commerce. Since 2003, the Anti-Phishing Working Group has partnered with banks, ISPs, Internet security companies, law enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations to help curb the spread of electronic crime."

PhishTank is operated by OpenDNS. Launched in October 2006 to coincide with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, PhishTank employs a sophisticated voting system that requires the community to vote "phish" or "not phish," reducing the possibility of false positives and improving the overall breadth and coverage of the phishing data. PhishTank makes all phishing data it accumulates public and available via programmable APIs, which allow other software developers to incorporate the anti-phishing data into their tools. The open access is intended to encourage the sharing of information and increase the chance of eliminating phishing all together. For more information about PhishTank, please visit:

About The Anti-Phishing Working Group
Formed in 2003, The Anti-Phishing Working Group ( is the global pan-industrial and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming, email spoofing and crimeware. More than 2,700 employees and contractors of more than 1,600 companies, government ministries and NGOs are members of the APWG, representing the financial services industry, ISPs, Internet security companies, law enforcement agencies, and computer emergency response teams from around the world. The APWG, a tax-exempted 501c6 non-profit organization, hosts conferences and working groups at an international level throughout the year. For more information about Anti-Phishing Working Group, please visit the APWG main website at and, the website of the APWG's eCrime Researchers Summit.


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