China Establishes Alliance To Fight Phishing Websites

July 30, 2008 | Print | Email Email | Comments | Category: Business & Society






Formed by Chinese banks, securities institutions, e-commerce websites and domain name management and service organizations, the China Anti-phishing Website Alliance has been founded to fight phishing websites through better management of domain names and domain name servers.

Phishing is a criminal activity whereby a thief tries to imitate the urls, pages and contents of real websites to insert some dangerous HTML code to steal private information such as their bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or passwords from the users. In recent years, phishing websites have become global threats which seriously affect the development of online financial services, harm e-commerce, and warp people's confidence in the safety of the Internet. According to network safety experts, it is a popular method for phishing websites to imitate the domain names of real websites. Therefore, using technological means to manage domain names is an effective way to attack these illegal websites.

As the domain name registrar and management organization in China, the China Internet Network Information Center will be the secretariat of China's anti-phishing alliance. When receiving a report about a suspected phishing website, the secretariat will inform the third-party technical support agencies to analyze the website. Once the website is identified as a phishing website, CNNIC will notice the domain name registering organization and the person who registered the domain name to stop the criminal activity. If the behavior is not stopped within a certain period, CNNIC, the supreme domain name registrar and management organization, will directly prevent access to the website via the use of a blacklist.

At present, the members of China's anti-phishing alliance include Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Huaxia Bank, China Everbright Bank, China Galaxy Securities Company, Taobao, Alipay, Net.cn, Xiamen ChinaSource Internet Service, Xiamen Bizcn Computer & Network, and Alibaba.

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