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Monday, 24 June 2013

www.public-trust.com false positive at Phishtank

public-trust.com houses Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs) and is controlled by Verizon. It probably houses other certificate infrastructure too, but at the moment several web filtering systems are detecting it as a phishing site due to a false positive at Phishtank.

Some example URLs (which are perfectly safe) include:

The problem with the website at www.public-trust.com is that it forwards to www.verizonenterprise.com (a perfectly legitimate Verizon site), but this does make it look a bit like a phishing site. This is the false positive at Phishtank.

At least one person seems to have spotted that it wasn't a phish, but it's quite an easy mistake to make because the screenshot of a Verizon site combined with the very non-obvious domain name makes it look extremely phishy.

For the records, these are the WHOIS registrant details:

Verizon Business Global LLC
Verizon Business Global LLC
One Verizon Way
Basking Ridge NJ 07920
domainlegalcontact@verizon.com +1.7033513164 Fax: +1.7033513669

The domain was created in 2002 (most phishing sites don't even last a few weeks) and is hosted on (Verizon Business Global, LLC). At the moment the false positive is in Phishtank, AVGThreatLabs, SURBL and MyWOT blacklists plus anything downstream that uses that data.


cotery said...

It was indeed a false positive. I whitelisted it right after your tweet.

Warp said...

Interesting that this blog post was made in 2013, and now in 2017 BitDefender is still blocking cdp1.public-trust.com/CRL/Omniroot2025.crl, considering it a threat.

Well, blocking it didn't cause the game (in this case Forza Motorsport 6) to not run, so the inconvenience is minimal.

IndieTruth said...

I got the same "detection" via BitDefender - via OneNote, right after a virus definition update.