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February 26, 2013

Kindsight Solution Gives Service Providers Power to Combat Botnet Threats

Network-based security company Kindsight (News - Alert), together with its research branch Kindsight Security Labs, has created a service to help Internet providers detect botnet activity on networks, which will alert and protect subscribers from risks involved in resulting bot infections.

The Kindsight Botnet Security service is based on the company’s Network Intrusion (News - Alert) Detection System, which detects malware and then barricades the infected device, prompting the subscriber with tools and instructions to help them neutralize the botnet threat.

“Once a computer is part of a botnet, the infection can be very difficult to remove. But service providers are in a unique position to help their subscribers, who often don’t know that their computer is at risk. We’re offering a solution for service providers to put a stop to these threats--not just to detect botnet activity but to help their subscribers remove the underlying threat,” explained Kindsight Security Labs’ security architect and director Kevin McNamee, in a statement.

The Kindsight Botnet Security service additionally combats hackers by sensing and blocking communication between command-and-control (C&C) servers, which prevents further attacks.

In 2013, attacking the botnet attackers is a top priority, as last year botnets proved to be involved in four of the top five high-level threats to home networks.

On the company’s website there is a record of the “Top 20 infections detected in home networks” for this month, and seven of the 20 are of the “bot” type, with three of these infections (known as Alureon, Flashback.K/I, and Proxyier.qk) on the rise.

Some of the botnet infections have been on the top 20 list for six months, evidence that botnet issues are calling for a solution like Kindsight’s.

Kindsight Security Labs also reported that 50 percent of home network infections in 2012 were linked to botnet-related malware. With a specific focus on botnets, Kindsight hopes its new security solution will better protect networks as the threat level is showing no signs of decline for 2013.

For more information on Kindsight Botnet Security, click here.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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