New Service Provides Malware, Virus Protection for Websites

June 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Websites are forced to navigate an ever-increasing battlefield of unseen enemies, namely damaging malware, botnets, trojans and viruses that have the potential to land websites on malware blacklists.

Website owners finding themselves victims of malware attacks oftentimes receive a further hit, resulting in loss of reputation and business when the sites become blacklisted and are labeled as unsafe.

A new malware monitoring service, created by two former Google workers, named Dasient offers website owners a way to protect their sites from attack and landing on blacklists.

Co-founders Neil Daswani and Shariq Rizvi both come from years of working in the trenches at Google defending the company’s networks against malware and click fraud.

Daswani and Rizvi believe the time is ripe for a malware service like theirs, as cyber attacks become more sophisticated, leaving most website owners ill equipped to deal with the problems. Some of the more recent attacks against browsers and Web applications, include the use of SQL injections and cross-site scripting that lead to drive-by downloads

A new worm, named Gumblar that is believed to be more damaging than Conficker, steals FTP credentials so attackers can compromise Web sites.

The new Dasient service is set to launch a public beta version of its free blacklist alert service and fee-based monitoring service, which would start at a fee of at $50 a month.

The free service will identify the parts of a site that are infected with malware, identify the suspect code and recommend actions to take. The fee-based service will automatically quarantines the malicious code, while still allowing the site, and even the hosting page to remain accessible.

The beta versions of Dasient are scheduled to launch on Tuesday, June 16.



One Response to “New Service Provides Malware, Virus Protection for Websites”

  1. Phil Barnhart on July 7th, 2009 12:23 am

    A site may be currently be free of malware but it may have a checked past. Also, sites may be blocked based on reviews at services such as OpenDNS and Site Advisor. Your domain – especially a recycled domain newly acquired -may be banned or blocked due to previously delivering malware, trojans, or porn. Automated monitoring is a great idea, but you should also do a background check.

    One way is by using the free Domain Background Check cheat sheet at – generates over a dozen links to domain check, anti-malware, and other tools to quickly check if your domain name is ready for business or is still on parole.

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