[funsec] EarthLink lands a win in phishing suit

Fergie (Paul Ferguson) fergdawg at netzero.net
Wed Sep 21 21:38:02 CDT 2005

Not sure if you've seen this, or not, but:


 EarthLink can't be held liable for incorrectly identifying the Web site of a legitimate bank as a fraudulent attempt to snatch customers' identities, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge John Shabaz in Wisconsin has tossed out a case that Associated Bank-Corp. brought against the Internet service provider in April claiming negligence and injury to its business reputation.

EarthLink had warned its customers who installed a free "ScamBlocker" toolbar--and visited AssociatedBank.com--that the Web site was "potentially fraudulent" and said that they should "not continue to this potentially risky site."

The warning was wrong. Associated Bank, headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., with more than 300 locations in the Midwest, operated a legitimate Web site.



- ferg

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