Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ex-Googlers Behind Start-Up That Flags Malware on Websites

Ellen Messmer writes on NetworkWorld:

Security start-up Dasient debuted Tuesday with a cloud-based service designed to detect malware on Web sites and quarantine it away from visitors prior to it being removed.

Dasient's three co-founders include two former Google employees, Neil Daswani, previously Google's security product manager, and software engineer Shariq Rizvi, along with Ameet Ranadive, whose background includes stints at consultancy McKinsey & Co. and HP.

The Web Anti-Malware service that Dasient is announcing today makes use of Web crawlers and heuristics to automatically detect code that cyber-criminals have loaded onto legitimate Web sites in order to download malware or push visitors to fraudulent sites. As a consequence, victimized sites infected by malware often end up on "blacklists" of suspected dangerous sites compiled by Google as well as security firms, including McAfee, Symantec and WebSense, that have ways to watch for compromised sites.

More here.


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