Accredited Reporter Data Submission Program

APWG established its URL Block List (UBL) repository in 2003 under demand from industry and NGOs for a central clearinghouse to receive phishing reports from brand holders and responders, and to distribute them to developers of security software, such as browser security toolbars and anti-virus systems as well as to cybercrime investigators requiring notification of attacks.  Since then responders and investigators from industry, government and NGO sectors have been motivated to route phishing reports in real time to the APWG’s UBL to inform security applications and forensic programs, including:

  • Rapid distribution of block lists for spam filters, browsers, anti-phishing toolbars, web filters and proxies
  • Global protection of consumers and business from frauds involving commercial enterprises and brand-holders
  • Prevention of users globally from downloading malicious software
  • Prevention of users globally from disclosing login and password credentials
  • Benchmarking efficacy against others in similar industries to determine if fraudsters are targeting them more intensely
  • Creation of forensic databases for researchers, industrial investigators and law enforcement to better succeed in legal investigations and actions against criminals who multiple companies in common
  • Data exchange with other members of the economy or government who are being affected by the same threats (phishing kits, malware distribution sites, botnet C&Cs, malicious IP addresses, reshippers, mules)

Any brandholder or responder that has cybercrime event data they want to be cleared through the UBL to alert software developers or inform investigators forensic toolsets, should be participating in the Accredited Reporter program.

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