Finjan Software Protects Enterprises and Home Users From New Variants Of Lovsan Worm
– Owners of SurfinShield Corporate and SurfinGuard Pro Products Will Not Require Anti-Virus Signature File Updates –
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Finjan Software, the leading provider of proactive content security and management solutions, today announced that owners of its Vital Security products are protected against the Lovsan worm and any future variants. Also known as Blaster, the Lovsan worm targets Windows operating systems and can be stopped using Finjan’s SurfinShield Corporate and SurfinGuard Pro solutions.
“I have SurfinGuard Pro installed on my computer at home and I haven’t had to worry about this new Lovsan worm,” said Luiz Noronha, a recent purchaser of Finjan’s SurfinGuard Pro consumer product. “I am on the Internet everyday and my computer has not been infected by the worm or variants of it. I highly recommend this product to people who want a proactive solution and do not want to worry about the next Internet attack.”
Variants of the recently discovered Lovsan worm have been appearing all around the world and computer users in Asia seem to be the first to have identified these in public. The new worm uses the name TEEKIDS.EXE instead of MSBLAST.EXE, uses different code compression and different signatures in the body of the worm. The new variant also installs a backdoor Trojan that would allow unauthorized users to view and control the activities of an infected computer. The extent of damage from this new wave of attacks has not yet been determined.
Finjan’s SurfinShield Corporate and SurfinGuard Pro are desktop solutions that will proactively protect networks and individual computers from mobile malicious code, viruses, worms and Trojans similar to Lovsan. Using Finjan’s patented behavior monitoring technology, programs are launched in a safe zone “sandbox” that ensures the activities of a program do not violate predefined security policies. Finjan products would block worms such as Lovsan, the moment the worm attempted to launch its malicious activities on a user’s computer.
“This is another example of the growing sophistication of Internet attacks that contain time bombs and back door access,” said Shlomo Touboul, founder and CEO of Finjan Software. “Web and e-mail security must be more than simply signature-based anti-virus solutions and firewalls. These simply react to an outbreak once it already has occurred. Only a solution that uses behavior monitoring or sandboxing technology will be able to respond to these threats proactively and significantly reduce the risk of infection and downtime.”
Lovsan spreads via the Internet, exploits a known vulnerability in Windows, installs an executable onto an infected system and launches automatically without the knowledge of the user. It targets Windows NT, 2000, and XP operating systems specifically and may cause a restart of Windows every time Windows starts up. The worm also allows malicious individuals remote access and control over infected computers. It carries a payload that will allow the remote launching of denial-of-service attacks from infected systems after August 16 to swamp and shut-down the Windows update Web site.
Finjan Software is the leading provider of proactive content security solutions to global organizations. Exceeding the preliminary level of defense typically offered by reactive anti-virus software solutions, Finjan’s Vital Security family of products proactively responds to changing, yet-to-be-created Internet security threats and closes the Window of Vulnerability. Finjan is recognized by analyst firm IDC as the leader in the worldwide malicious mobile code security market. For more information, visit http://www.finjan.com.
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