By Jeremy Kirk
IDG News Service
11 March 2009
A group dedicated to fighting phishing scams has developed a way for
police and other organisations to report e-crimes in a common data
format readable by a web browser or other application.
The challenge facing law enforcement and security organisations is a
lack of a coherent reporting system, said Peter Cassidy, secretary
general of the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), a consortium that
tracks Internet fraud and scams.
Until now, there was no standard way to file an e-crime report. That
makes it hard to coordinate the vast amount of data that is collected on
cybercrime, Cassidy said.
APWG decided to develop a terminal file format for e-crime incidents.
APWG wanted reports to have unambiguous time stamps, support for
different languages, support for attaching malware and the ability to
classify the kind of fraud and the company brand that was being
attacked, Cassidy said.
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