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[November 24, 2008]

SRI International releases free malware detection tool for Windows, MacOS, and Linux Platforms

(Worldwide Computer Products News Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
SRI International, an independent research and technology development
organisation, announced on 24 November that its researchers have
released a free application to help Windows, Mac and Linux users detect
malware-infected hosts on their networks.

The organisation, which was originally established in 1946 by Stanford
University and became independent in 1970, said that the BotHunter
network-based malware detection software is a significant addition to
the tools available to help users combat the rise of Internet malware.

BotHunter is a network monitoring system designed to correlate the
two-way communication flows between vulnerable computers and external
hackers. It tracks the underlying key interactions that most commonly
occur when a PC is infected by a malicious software application, such
as adware, spyware, viruses, worms and botnets. BotHunter then ties
together the dialogue trail of inbound intrusion alarms with outbound
communication patterns that are highly indicative of a successful local
computer infection. When a sequence of evidence is found to match
BotHunter's infection dialogue model, a consolidated report is produced
to capture all relevant events and event sources that played a role
during the infection process.

BotHunter was funded through the Cyber-Threat Analytics research grant
from the US Army Research Office and is available for download free to
all end-users.

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