Honeymonkeys find hostile URLs

Honeymonkeys find hostile URLs

According to an article on SecurityFocus, Microsoft has found more than 750 specific Web URLs that attempt to download malicious content onto unpatched Windows systems. Honeymonkeys are Microsoft's aggressive variation on the more passive Honeypot idea. Where Honeypots are dummy computers that lie in wait for port scans and attacks, Honeymonkeys are unpatched Windows boxes that go out and actively search the Web, looking for hostile sites. It is unclear how Microsoft will leverage these experiments; perhaps the sites will find their way into Microsoft's new antiphishing technology, which is to become available within Internet Explorer 7.0--whenever that product ships.

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    As CNET's former resident security expert, Robert Vamosi has been interviewed on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and other outlets to share his knowledge about the latest online threats and to offer advice on personal and corporate security.

     

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