Internet Identity

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Internet Identity
Type Private
Industry Internet security
Founded 1996
Headquarters 1142 Broadway, Suite 310 Tacoma, Washington 98402 USA
Key people Lars Harvey (CEO), Rod Rasmussen (President and Chief Technology Officer)

Internet Identity, or IID, is a privately held Internet security company based in Tacoma, Washington, USA. It primarily provides anti-phishing, malware and domain control[1] security services to financial service firms, e-commerce, social networking and Internet Service Provider(ISP) companies. Microsoft uses IID as a data feed for its anti-phishing software[2][3] as well as a partner in their Domain Defense Program.[4] Other customers include BECU (Boeing Employees’ Credit Union), and Yakima Valley Credit Union.[5]


IID was founded in 1996 providing outsourced domain management services. In 1997, the company claims to have discovered and disabled one of the earliest phishing attacks.[6] Since then, IID’s business has revolved around protecting companies against cyber attacks.

Products and services[edit]


ActiveSecure is a suite of security solutions designed to secure a company’s Internet presence management. Its solutions include ActiveTrust DNS, ActiveControl and ActiveKnowledge. The suite provides protection against Internet threats, including phishing, malware attacks and Domain Name System (DNS) hijackings.

ActiveTrust DNS[edit]

Detects, diagnoses and mitigates DNS (Domain Name System) security and configuration issues for an organization and its Extended Enterprise. This tool reportedly helped IID identify the DNS hijacking of Twitter in December 2009[7][8]


Provides anti-phishing and malware security solutions that help organizations ensure that online brands are trusted. ActiveControl was formerly known as “Power Shark.”


Provides a list of the latest malicious (or compromised) IP addresses, domains and e-mail accounts, and identifies those "bad players" the organization is connected to through its extended enterprise.

Industry Partnerships[edit]

IID holds leadership positions in various security industry groups including with the Anti-Phishing Working Group(APWG), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN) and Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG).[9]


  1. ^ WHOIS for
  2. ^ "Microsoft Enhances Phishing Protection for Windows, MSN and Microsoft Windows Live Customers". Microsoft News Center. November 17, 2005. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Chris Preimesberger (November 11, 2005). "Microsoft Expands Its Anti-Phishing Database". eWeek. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Microsoft Launches Enforcement Campaign Targeting Web Site "Cybersquatters" Who Use Online Ads". Microsoft News Center. August 22, 2006. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ Credit Union Times (October 6, 2010). "New Fraud Alert Network". Credit Union Times. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ Anti-Phishing Working Group article
  7. ^ Jenna Wortham and Nick Bilton (December 18, 2009). "Web Attack on Twitter Is Third Assault This Year". New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ Kelly Jackson Higgins (December 18, 2009). "Twitter Hit By DNS Hijacking Attack". Dark Reading. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ Rod Rasmussen of IID's ICANN Wiki Page

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