LINDON, Utah -- Avinti®, a proactive e-mail security solutions company, announced the free public beta program for NEWT (Neutralize E-mail-Web Threats), a freeware plug-in that stops new, malicious attacks launched using spam e-mail messages. NEWT plugs into the most popular e-mail gateways and blocks incoming e-mail that contains URLs or IP addresses that link to known malware Web sites. Those interested in participating in the public beta program should visit www.avinti.com/NEWT. Avinti is limiting the number of participants in public beta of the NEWT program, but plans to launch NEWT as an open, free service to the general public.
Increasingly, hackers are using spam and targeted e-mails with embedded links to Web-based malware to bypass traditional antivirus (AV) products and Web-filters to infect computers with little user intervention. A recent study released by Computer Economics states 22% of all malware attacks now come from the Web, second only to e-mail-based attacks1.
Avintis unique solution to this problem is its iSolation Server product, which proactively and safely blocks threats not detected by traditional security solutions. NEWT, which is a plug-in filter that runs on the most popular MTAs (Mail Transfer Agents), leverages the power of Avintis iSolation Server to intercept and validate Web-based attacks by comparing the URLs or IP addresses in e-mails to known malware sites. Addresses of malicious Web sites, found by Avintis iSolation Server and pulled from malware lists, are regularly forwarded to the NEWT filter, updating it with the latest list of malicious Web sites.
Avinti has tracked a large increase in blended threats that bypass gateway AV products by using plain text messages with URLs or IP addresses linked to Web-based malware. We thought it would be useful to provide a light-weight scanning-based plug-in for MTAs that would benefit from Avintis database of threats, said William Kilmer, Avinti CEO. With NEWT, each e-mail is reviewed for malicious URLs or IP addresses, and can be tagged, quarantined, or blocked on the user's e-mail server. In our own hosted network, our iSolation Servers are testing new URLs and adding to our database of known bad sites. Enterprises will immediately have a new, effective defense system against blended threat attacks, and Avinti will build a larger database of URLs that are blocked due to malware.