The software industry’s response to phishing has previously been centered mostly on flagging fraudulent email messages. But that is a shortsighted view, not to mention a slow process.
According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3), phishing accounted for 30,48% of all received complaints in 2020, making it the area with the highest victim count. Around the world, authorities are busy alerting the public to be extra-paranoid to not click suspect links. But what about the criminals running the websites – how is it possible that scamming operations often run for days, if not weeks?
Here’s my recent experience on shutting down one phishing operation over the course of two weekend days, and how the IT industry as a whole could improve its act.
Why the current “solution” is incomplete
Most webmail sites offer one way or another of flagging a message as phishing. In Outlook, for instance, it’s