The Conficker worm first surfaced in October 2008. It is a zero-minute malware that spreads exploiting a Microsoft Windows vulnerability for which a signature or a patch does not yet exist. Thus, users are left vulnerable to an attack until they obtain a patch or a solution that will help protect their computers. Initially Conficker infected 1.1 million PCs in less than 24 hours. In February 2009, the worm attacked German Defense computers followed by another attack on French Air Force computers. Activation of a new variant is scheduled to hit April 1st 2009.
"Radware customers need not worry about this issue as we offer them a zero-minute malware spread prevention technology integrated into our DefensePro product line which provides protection against such network attacks," stated Avi Chesla, Vice-President Security, Radware. "Customers are immune to malware that exploits newly discovered vulnerabilities even if they do not have a static signature, and thus, our customers need not panic every time there is a new network attack such as Conficker.
Radware's DefensePro uses behavioral-based automatic real-time signatures to detect and prevent the spread of zero-minute network attacks which exploit applications and operating system vulnerabilities. More specifically, DefensePro detects and prevents Conficker propagation activity through its real-time signatures engine, protecting hosts from infection by malware. DefensePro also detects already infected hosts blocking the malware activity from further propagation into other networks.
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