Feeds

Yahoo! Teams! With! eBay! And! PayPal! To! End! Phishing!

If you use Yahoo!, eBay, and PayPal.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Yahoo! has teamed with eBay and PayPal to save you from phishing scams. If you use Yahoo! Mail. And the scams involve eBay or PayPal.

Yesterday, the three companies announced that, over the next several weeks, Yahoo! Mail users worldwide "will begin receiving fewer fake e-mails claiming to be sent by eBay and PayPal." You see, Yahoo! is rolling out a new email authentication system that uses the company's very own DomainKeys technology to block such messages.

"By reducing the risk of phishing scams," said vice president of Yahoo! Mail John Kremer, "Yahoo! Mail now offers a much safer Web mail service for eBay and PayPal users."

Presumably, Yahoo! Mail is also offering a much safer Web mail service for extremely gullible people who succumb to eBay or PayPal phishing scams even though they don't use eBay or PayPal.

According to a spokeswoman for eBay and its PayPal subsidiary, the two companies have included DomainKey signatures on all outbound email since the end of 2006. So, if Yahoo! identifies a message that purports to come from the eBay or PayPal domain and it doesn't include the proper signature, the message will be blocked.

Of course, this doesn't stop eBay or PayPal scams that claim to originate from other domains. "If I try to get something through that says it's from PayPal, I'll put money down - a million to one - that it will now get stopped by Yahoo!," says Patrick Peterson, vice president of technology at email monitoring vendor IronPort. "But people can always send a PayPal phishing email from abcd.com."

IronPort's parent company, Cisco, is another big-name backer of DomainKey authentication. The technology was originally developed by Yahoo!, and in May 2007, a revised version - known as DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) - was approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force as a "proposed Internet standard".

Currently, Yahoo!, eBay, and PayPal are using the original DomainKey technology dreamed up at Yahoo!, but they'll soon switch to DKIM. Our eBay and PayPal spokeswoman said DKIM technology will be in place "over the next few months".

She also said that all eBay and PayPal messages are signed with Microsoft's Sender ID signatures, an alternative to DomainKeys. eBay and PayPal hope to extend their anti-phishing efforts well beyond Yahoo! Mail.

"There are about half a dozen large internet service providers around the world which between them operate nearly fifty per cent of the world’s email addresses," wrote PayPal chief information security officer Michael Barrett, on the company's its official blog. "We’re working with all of them to implement similar technology to what we announced with Yahoo!" ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)
So nasty no one's even whispering until patch is out
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports
New emphasis on encryption as a weapon?
To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow
While the NSA is tapping your PC, he's tapping ... nevermind
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
Put down that shotgun: Wi-Fi's the way to beat Zombies
CreepyDOL sensors can pick walkers from humans with MAC snack attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.