hsbcnet.com is a valid and legitimate website belonging to HSBC. Traffic is redirected to this site from hsbc.net. The site itself is hosted on AS26381 188.8.131.52 which is delegated to an HSBC subsiduary called Household International from Verizon. The hsbcnet.com was registered in 1998 to a registrant with an hsbc.com web address:
One HSBC Center
Floor 21 - HTS eBusiness
Buffalo, NY 14203
Domain Name: HSBCNET.COM
Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Fischer, Chuck charles.fischer -at- us.hsbc.com
HSBC Bank USA
One HSBC Bank
eBusiness, 21st Floor
Buffalo,, NY 14203
(716) 841-2075 fax: (716) 841-5022
Record expires on 04-Dec-2010.
Record created on 04-Dec-1998.
Database last updated on 14-Jun-2010 04:41:11 EDT.
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It's clearly not a phishing site, and yet Phishtank say that it is.
Now, Phishtank does just allow any old user to mark a site as phishing. In this case, the site was submitted by a user called dvk01 and then verified by SEVEN other people as a phish - stuartgrant knack NotBuyingIt cybercrime marcoadfox Aminof theGeezer - although some people have said that it isn't. As a result of this faulty groupthink, 71% of reports say that this legitimate site is a phish.
This false positive has now filtered down to OpenDNS and a number of other blocking services (e.g. Sophos) that are now erroneously blocking access to HSBC.
Don't get me wrong, Phishtank and other similar service can be very useful. But in this case it shows that Phishtank's verification process really doesn't work.. as any actual examination of the web site in question would surely identify is as legitimate.