Feeds

Websense buys Defensio to fight blog comment spam

Sexy Russian girls are not waiting to meet you

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Web security and content filtering firm Websense has bought Defensio!, a security startup specialising in defending against blog-comment spam. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.

Defensio's technology aims to weed out link spam from blogs, user forums and other sites that allow user generated content to be posted. Websense has promised to continue to offer the service without charge to personal sites, and offer a free six-month trial for commercial sites.

Websense said the acquisition recognises the growing impact of web-based spam, including link spam from forums and the like. It reckons between five per cent and eight per cent of web spam links to malicious code, phishing or fraudulent websites.

It further estimates more more than 70 per cent of all web spam and unwanted content comes from legitimate sites that allow user-generated content.

Spammers have experimented with forums beyond traditional email to get their message across for some years. More recently security firms have begun adopting their technology and working with service providers to filter out user-generated crudware.

Meanwhile, social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace have taken spammers, who often hijack profiles to distribute junk messages, to court. They've obtained huge default payouts from these actions, though whether they'll ever collect on fines against the likes of Adam Guerbuez, a Canadian smut peddler, remains doubtful. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.