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AntiPhish

Project ID: 027600
Źródło dofinansowania

Anticipatory Learning for Reliable Phishing Prevention

Od 2006-01-01 do 2009-06-30, projekt zakończony | AntiPhish Witryna

Dane projektu

Całkowity koszt:

EUR 2 392 221

Wkład UE:

EUR 1 400 000

Kraj koordynujący:

Germany

Zaproszenie do składania wniosków:

FP6-2004-IST-4See other projects for this call

System finansowania:

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Description

Keeping a step ahead of the phishers

New software developed by European researchers could go a long way towards preventing criminals from mounting e-mail phishing scams.

Phishing has been one of the major online criminal growth industries of recent years, with billions of scam e-mails sent out to ordinary people around the world.

Often purporting to come from banks and other financial institutions, the e-mails request confirmation of personal account details. Equipped with all of the information they need to get into accounts, the criminals can then strip hard earned savings from them.

Set up in 2006, the AntiPhish project groups together five high-profile partners, each with their own substantial in-house research operations.

The partners include computer software developer Symantec, multinational internet service provider Tiscali, and telecommunications equipment manufacturer Nortel. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe along with top Belgian university K.U. Leuven are also partners in the effort.

Protecting e-mail globally

The project’s researchers aimed to create new anti-phishing filtering technologies that would help protect and secure the global e-mail communications infrastructure.

That infrastructure has to handle billions of messages a day, a large fraction of them spam and a significant proportion of that is phishing spam.

Because of the huge volume of mail to be checked, and the new tricks spammers are continually using to foil filtering, researchers must make a trade-off between manual effort and effective automatic detection when considering how to improve filtering. Instead of detecting phishing email signatures manually the new software employs trained automatic filters.

Testing in real time

The researchers set out initially to create a series of algorithms – computer programs with specific tasks – under laboratory conditions. They then tested software based on these algorithms in simulated real-world conditions via Symantec’s security network.

After further refinements in the lab, the researchers then tested the software with Tiscali’s users under real-world and real-time conditions. During the Tiscali phase of the trials, part of the company’s huge volume of e-mail traffic was filtered online in real time using specially developed adaptable software.

Anticipating new tricks

These filters are able to identify mail that has similar characteristics to previous phishing attacks and then dump any suspicious ones in a spam folder, an improvement on current technology.

In addition, the software is ‘intelligent’ enough to actually be able to anticipate new types of phishing attacks and block them. This is brand new technology. It means that, as phishing threats continue to adapt quickly to counter-measures, the software is able to keep a step ahead of the con artists.

The technology will add to the protection e-mail users will be able to use in countering phishing attacks aimed at separating them from their money.

Cel

One of the most harmful forms of email spam is phishing. Criminals are trying to convince unsuspecting online customers to surrender passwords, account numbers, social security numbers or other personal information. To this end they use spoofed messages which are masqueraded as coming from reputable online businesses such as financial institutions. Phishing has increased enormously over the last months and is a serious threat to global security and economy. The main goal of AntiPhish is to develop anticipatory anti-phishing technologies that help to protect and secure the global email communication infrastructure. With this goal AntiPhish targets exactly strategic objective 2.4.3 which aims at forming scientific, technical and industrial excellence ensuring security, privacy, and trust in complex communication networks and information infrastructures.

The scientific focus of the project is on trainable and adaptive filters that are not only able to identify variations of previous phishing messages, but are capable to anticipate new forms of phishing attacks. Such technology does not exist yet, but would greatly improve all existing methods used in spam and phishing filters. AntiPhish aims at developing filters with unprecedented accuracy which are able to block more than 90% of phishing without blocking more than one legitimate email in a million.

Our consortium comprises reputable research institutions, world leading companies in commercial spam filtering technologies, and a major internet service provider. The research will be driven by the hands-on expertise of our industrial participants, who have long experience with spam fighting on a global scale and will provide huge amounts of real world training data. The AntiPhish project not only aims at developing the filter methodology in a test laboratory setting, but has the explicit goal to implement this technology at internet service providers to be used to filter all email traffic online in real time.

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Kontakt z koordynatorem

Gerhard PAASS, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +49 224 1142698
Faks: +49 224 1142072
Adres e-mail

Koordynator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany

Wkład UE: EUR 614 442


Hansastrasse 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny: Gerhard Paass
Tel.: +492241142698
Faks: +492241142072
Adres e-mail

Uczestnicy

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium

Wkład UE: EUR 313 470


Oude Markt 13
3000 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Kontakt administracyjny: Marie-Francine Moens
Tel.: +3216325383
Faks: +3216325438
Adres e-mail
NORTEL NETWORKS SA
Uczestnictwo zakończone
France

Wkład UE: EUR 52 943


PARC D'ACTIVITE DE MAGNY
78117 CHATEAUFORT
France
Activity type: Other
Kontakt administracyjny: Thomas GENOUVILLE
Tel.: +33169555426
Faks: +33169554422
Adres e-mail
SYMANTEC LIMITED
Ireland

Wkład UE: EUR 200 111


Barrow street, South Bank House 6th floor
- DUBLIN 4
Ireland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny: PATRICK HORKAN
Tel.: +353868513070
Faks: +35318204055
Adres e-mail
TISCALI ITALIA SPA
Italy

Wkład UE: EUR 0


Strada Statale 195 Km
09100 CAGLIARI
Italy
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TISCALI SERVICES S.P.A.
Uczestnictwo zakończone
Italy

Wkład UE: EUR 169 140


LOCALITA SA ILLETTA SS 195 KM. 2,300
09100 CAGLIARI
Italy
Activity type: Other
Kontakt administracyjny: Luca La Brocca
Tel.: +39704601288
Faks: +39704601484
Adres e-mail
SYMANTEC-LIRIC LIMITED
United Kingdom

Wkład UE: EUR 49 894


HINES MEADOW - SAINT CLOUDS WAY
SL6 8XB MAIDENHEAD-BERKSHIRE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Other
Kontakt administracyjny: Ollie Whitehouse
Tel.: +44
Faks: +441628592343
Adres e-mail
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