Anti-spyware research becomes partly automated

Posted on Wednesday, January 12 2005 @ 14:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
An automated spyware research system has been launched by anti-spyware firm Webroot Software. The system is called Phileas:
the system relies on bots--computer programs that perform tasks in lieu of a person--that continually crawl the Web, looking for spyware, adware, and the sites that host such software. Webroot plans to use the information gathered by Phileas to develop anti-spyware products that can better address new threats.
Automation, he contends, is the answer. He estimates that one hour of automated research equals 10 work-days of manual research. When first tested in October of last year, the company identified more than 20,000 sites that made spyware available. By February, Webroot plans to have more than 100 bots active, scouring up to 10 sites a second.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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