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PhishTank - Out of the Net, into the Tank

review from ClifNotes, Feb 2007, permalink _ Web Service


Some time back, I found out about this new service for reporting on Phishing websites. Some day we may be able to surf the web in safety again with the help of organizations like PhishTank.


I was curious about PhishTank and I wrote them to ask a few questions.


Hi Alisson,


I'm sure much of this is already at the site, but I always prefer to get a real person if I can. I'll keep it simple and you can too. A sentence or two is all I need on each question.


1. What is PhishTank

2. How can I use it

3. How can I help

4. What is the future of PhishTank

Hi Clif,


I'm the community manager for OpenDNS and PhishTank and I'll be helping you out with this.


1. What is PhishTank


PhishTank is a community driven effort founded on the belief that in order to effectively fight phishing, we all must work together. PhishTank is a free to use, community site where anyone can submit, track and verify phishing sites.


2. How can I use it


Every time you get an e-mail that seems phishy, you should submit it to PhishTank. From there you can monitor its status, see if the community agrees that it is, in fact, a phish. You can also help verify suspected phishes submitted by others.


If you're a developer, you can use PhishTank's open API to incorporate anti-phishing technology into your tool(s).


3. How can I help


PhishTank works because of its active community. Everyone can help by submitting phishes and verifying phishes submitted by others.


4. What is the future of PhishTank


PhishTank is becoming more and more effective every month. Our long-term aim is to involve our active community members more in the leadership of PhishTank.


(David U blogged about this here:



Quote from the website

Submit suspected phishes. Track the status of your submissions.

Verify other users' submissions. Develop software with our free API.


PhishTank is a collaborative clearing house for data and information about phishing on the Internet. Also, PhishTank provides an open API for developers and researchers to integrate anti-phishing data into their applications at no charge.