EarthLink and RSA Enhance Relationship to Protect Consumers from Phishing

BEDFORD, Mass., April 18 -- RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE:EMC), today announced that it has broadened its strategic relationship with EarthLink NASDAQ:ELNK).

The companies started working together in 2005 when EarthLink joined the RSA FraudActionSM Blocking Network in order to enhance its phisher blocking tools and services further. With today's announcement, EarthLink has also joined the RSA FraudAction worldwide detection network, a move that will augment RSA's ability to counter more attacks faster, and provide end-users with greater protection against online threats such as phishing.

"Consumers live in an 'always on' world; most have a constant broadband Internet connection and are 'always on' the lookout for threats that can compromise their computers," said Jonathan Young, EarthLink's vice president of security software, subscription and services. "Similarly, EarthLink is always on the offensive to make sure consumers have the tools they need for a safe online experience. Working with RSA and deploying products like EarthLink's ScamBlocker are only a few examples of our commitment to provide all Internet users with features that keep them safe from online threats."

"We are committed to helping organizations accelerate their online businesses and boost consumer confidence through enhanced security. Working with forward-thinking, customer-facing companies like EarthLink helps both parties achieve their aims in this regard," said Marc Gaffan, Director of Marketing, Consumer Solutions at RSA. "When dealing with online threats like phishing, speed is critical -- the faster we can detect attacks, the faster we can block access to them and shut them down. By expanding our relationship with EarthLink to include both detection and blocking, our customers and consumers everywhere will benefit from added protection and peace of mind."

Rapid Detection of Phishing Attacks

The RSA FraudAction service includes a broad detection network that is designed to allow RSA's 24x7 Anti-Fraud Command Center to be rapidly aware of unfolding attacks. RSA's fraud analysts then proceed to block and shut down the attacks to mitigate any potential damage. The RSA detection network includes feeds from a multitude of sources, including various anti-spam partners, domain-monitoring, honeypots and more. EarthLink, which encourages its users to report phishing attacks, sends RSA a feed of phishing attacks and the copies of phishing emails that are provided by its users; this additional source enhances RSA's detection capabilities and assists in mitigating attacks as soon as possible.

Blocking Access to Confirmed Fraudulent Sites

Since mid-2005, the RSA 24x7 Anti-Fraud Command Center has provided data to enhance ScamBlocker ( ) -- EarthLink's consumer application designed to help protect Internet users from insidious phishing site scams. RSA sends EarthLink and its other blocking partners a feed of confirmed fraudulent sites. EarthLink's ScamBlocker then warns users before they access known or suspected phishing sites, and redirects them to an EarthLink-generated Web page that provides additional information about phishing and similar online scams, and details on the actions subscribers can take to further protect themselves. ScamBlocker is available to all Internet users, not just EarthLink access subscribers.

About RSA

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration, helping the world's leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. RSA's information-centric approach to security guards the integrity and confidentiality of information throughout its lifecycle - no matter where it moves, who accesses it or how it is used.

RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance & access control, encryption & key management, compliance & security information management and fraud protection. These solutions bring trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit and

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About EarthLink

"EarthLink. We revolve around you (TM)." As the nation's next generation Internet service provider, Atlanta-based EarthLink has earned an award-winning reputation for outstanding customer service and its suite of online products and services. Serving over five million subscribers, EarthLink offers what every user should expect from their Internet experience: high-quality connectivity, minimal online intrusions, and customizable features. Whether it's dial-up, high-speed, voice, web hosting, wireless or "EarthLink Extras" like home networking or security, EarthLink provides the tools that best let individuals use and enjoy the Internet on their own terms. Learn more about EarthLink by calling (800) EARTHLINK or visiting EarthLink's Web site at

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