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Threat Spy virtual malware map launched

ScanSafe : 21 August, 2008  (New Product)
Malware displayed the moment it is identified by ScanSafe with the new virtual malware map, Threat Spy
ScanSafe has launched Threat Spy, the first virtual map to show the increasingly dangerous Web threat landscape. Threat Spy displays malware as it is identified and blocked by ScanSafe, much like a Twitter map.

"Threat Spy allows the public to take a step away from the volumes of data showing the increasing dangers of the Web and actually see the malware being blocked every day in different places around the world," comments Mary Landesman, senior security researcher at ScanSafe. "We reported a 278 percent increase in malware in the first half of 2008 and this innovative map visualizes this worrying increase. We hope the map will demonstrate how dangerous the threat landscape is and will prompt companies to take action."

Powered by ScanSafe's Outbreak Intelligence which includes, multiple, industry leading malware scanning engines, proprietary heuristics, Threat Spy provides up to date detail on the more than 100 million Web threats it blocks each month on behalf of customers around the world. In addition to describing the type of threat blocked, the map shows the origin of the blocked threat and also the date and time of the block. The map is automatically updated every minute to show the most recent blocks.

"The Web 2.0 environment is a dynamic one and we wanted to provide an equally dynamic map of the threats confronting today's Web surfers," says Landesman. "The beauty of Threat Spy is that it captures up to date, detailed information on threats shortly after they are blocked. This not only provides timely insight into existing, new and emerging Web-based threats - it also helps demonstrate the critical importance of real-time Web scanning."

Powering Threat Spy, Outbreak Intelligence works 24/7 to protect ScanSafe customers from Web borne malware in real-time. Outbreak Intelligence detects up to 15 percent more malware than reactive signature-based detection technologies and protects ScanSafe customers regardless of how new the malware is.
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