Yahoo! accused of hosting many phishing sites

By Derek Sooman on September 7, 2005, 4:30 AM
Its been claimed that Yahoo is responsible for hosting a vast multitude of phishing sites that have domain names containing the words "bank", "PayPal" or "eBay". That's the claim of anti-spamming, anti-phishing warriors Spamhaus, who maintain that Yahoo is hosting almost 5,000 domain names that use these words in them. Spamhaus claims that these are linked to phishing scams, and that the situation is out of control.

"Whenever there is an entry on SBL [Spamhaus block list], there is a mail sent to them [Yahoo!]," Richard Cox, CIO at Spamhaus, said. "They never responded. But anything with 'Barclays Bank' in the title is for nothing other than a fraudulent purpose. Responsible organisations will pro-actively check for any domain they are hosting that have an obvious fraudulent intent and will remove any they find, or any reported by other network users."

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DragonMaster said:
Yahoo staff people are the laaaziest people I ever saw. They don't matter about their policies and if you have an argument that they can't say anything about for them to do something, they will just flush your mail.I tell them that the "not a spam" button is not working as it should(It deletes your message), and they don't do anything.I tell them a Yahoo user is sending SPAM to an unmoderated Yahoo Group, but even if their policies state clearly that *you can't send spam with a Yahoo account*, they just tell they can't do nothing because there's no moderator. So I tell them that yes, they can do something. The sender is using a Yahoo account, and doesn't respect the policies. They flushed the mail.
Phantasm66 said:
Yahoo will need to do something about this in the coming Yahoo vs Google vs MSN wars.
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