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August 06, 2012

Damballa, Xerocole Partner on Botnet Detection

Damballa and Xerocole have joined forces to offer an integrated solution to enable cablecos, telcos and ISPs to guard against botnet malware.

Leveraging Damballa CSP (News - Alert) and the Xerocole DNS WorX platform, this integrated offering, the companies say, “will provide additional monitoring capabilities to detect malicious activity and network abuse originating from endpoint devices.” Through the relationship, Xerocole will resell Damballa CSP as an optional component of DNS WorX.

The solution, which can help carriers to comply with the FCC’s (News - Alert) new Anti-Botnet Code of Conduct (ABC), is being demonstrated at the CableLabs Summer Conference this week in Keystone, Colo.

“Malware infections are increasing – victimizing service provider customers, consuming valuable network resources, and endangering the stability of the Internet,” said Barry Greene, member of the U.S. FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. “Service providers cannot sit back and wait for malware infections to do severe damage. They need a cost-effective tool to find and clean the infections. Xerocole DNS WorX with Damballa CSP allows service providers to automatically detect malware infected subscriber machines, while providing an unattended mechanism to notify their customers and supply them with remediation steps so they can clean up their device.”

As will be discussed in the upcoming September issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, a TMC (News - Alert) publication, the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council Working Group 7 in March accepted the first of three reports containing recommendations to the FCC titled U.S. Anti-Bot Code of Conduct for ISPs.

The report describes the methodologies and motivations for ISPs in addressing bot activity in broadband networks.

“The goals of WG7 are lofty – to create a voluntary code of conduct through which ISPs can take a leading role in combating the largest and most insidious threat facing all of us who access the Internet in some form or fashion, and to develop a set of guidelines that ISPs can follow and expand upon, and remediate bots and botnets,” Gunter Ollmann, vice president of research at Damballa, wrote in the INTERNET TELEPHONY piece.


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Edited by Braden Becker
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