Brightcloud tagging Yahoo sites as Phishing and Fraud

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Brightcloud tagging Yahoo sites as Phishing and Fraud

L2 Linker


Today I received several helpdesk calls concerning yahoo! mail not working. Logs show that the '' site that yahoo! uses is being flagged as a 'Phishing and Fraud' site.

I know I can report it (24-48 hour fix) and can manually unblock, but what a pain. Is anyone else seeing this issue?


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L0 Member

When I load it goes to one of those pesky (probably malicious) fake search pages.  For us - haven't run into any Yahoo blocks and we are running current content.



Weird. I know that several of our folks had this problem, and unblocking was the fix..

L5 Sessionator

Hi Everyone,

There was indeed an issue with a site that is associated with Yahoo Mail. 

Some quick background - has always been correctly classified, and (which provides content for has always inherited its categorization from, which has historically been categorized as internet portal.

However, a blackhole exploit and javascript used in some phishing attacks was found on the following URL on 5/16/2012: on

As a result, BrightCloud changed the category for to Phishing, which then caused Yahoo Mail not to load properly if customers had a policy to blocking Phishing.

BrightCloud quickly realized this mistake and corrected the categorization for (it is now web-based email, since it is linked to and published a new database for it.  For those customers that were affected by this, the cache entry should automatically be corrected when you download a new BrightCloud database (this is usually done by default on a daily basis - check your software update schedule).

Hope this helps,


Thanks for great feedback! 🙂

Thanks, love to know the details!

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