|By Business Wire
|January 13, 2014 06:30 AM EST
To increase end user awareness on programs to clean infected machines,
the APWG has released its latest Technical Policy Advisory: Routinized
Desktop Intervention and Remediation. Focusing on benefits, user
experience and costs, the report provides an in-depth examination of
four model programs that have been successfully utilized by consumers
and enterprises for the cleaning of corrupted computing devices.
Cyber criminals are infecting innocent victims’ computing devices with
crimeware at an alarming rate and with enormous costs. Technology
solutions alone have not worked to rid the Internet of the danger of
infected desktop computers and mobile devices to deny computing
resources to criminal enterprises. Complimenting advanced security
technology, empowering users with facile tools, knowledge and further
education is vital for a formulated defense.
By analyzing the discovery and remediation methods from four entities -
National CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team), NGOs (Non-Governmental
Organizations), Trade Associations, and Commercial Internet Service
Providers (ISPs) - the report examines proven approaches which can be
replicated with highly effective results, coupled with minimal
deployment cost and end-user effort.
"The four organization profiled are examples of those that have provided
working models that can be readily emulated by enterprises interested in
providing structured interventions for neutralizing malware and
botnets," said April Lorenzen, APWG Research Fellow and director of
Dissect Cyber. "Each has sought to empower users with solutions for
cleaning up their machines while providing education about how to
prevent additional infection. This approach aids in removing computer
cycles from criminal control and making the larger networked community
more resilient against all types of attacks."
National CERT - Started in 2006, the Cyber Clean Center project
provides ISPs with proprietary data to help them identify infected
customers. Initially started with eight large ISPs is 2006, the CCC
quickly grew to what is now 72 participating ISPs.
NGO - In 2010, the iCode initiative began in Australia. The aims of
iCode are centered around four cyber security principles of Education,
Detection, Action and Reporting. Today over 90% of Australia’s
Internet users are served by an iCode compliant ISP.
Trade Association - In 2010 the Anti Botnet Advisory Center (ABAC)
began operations in Germany. ABAC is unique in that it offers
telephone support where users can be talked through solving their
infection problems where possible. Additionally, ABAC distributes a
bootable CD which can automatically clean the infected users computer.
Commercial ISPs - ISPs have also started programs to detect, notify,
and help customers sanitize infected computers. In the United States,
AT&T, Cox, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, CenturyLink and Comcast
either have a working program or have pledged to create one.
Each of these profiled programs has seen major success in the two-tier
approach that helps users clean up infected machines while providing all
necessary education. The full text of the report and in-depth program
analysis is available here: http://docs.apwg.org/reports/APWG_Model_Desktop_Clean_Up_Programs_NOV_2013.pdf
About the APWG
The APWG, founded in 2003 as the Anti-Phishing Working Group, is the
global industry, law enforcement, and government coalition focused on
unifying the global response to electronic crime. Membership is open to
qualified financial institutions, online retailers, ISPs and Telcos, the
law enforcement community, solutions providers, multi-lateral treaty
organizations, research centers, trade associations and government
agencies. There are more than 2,000 companies, government agencies and
NGOs participating in the APWG worldwide. The APWG's www.apwg.org
websites offer the public, industry and government agencies practical
information about phishing and electronically mediated fraud as well as
pointers to pragmatic technical solutions that provide immediate
protection. The APWG is co-founder and co-manager of the STOP. THINK.
CONNECT. Messaging Convention, the global online safety public awareness
and founder/curator of the eCrime Researchers Summit, the world’s only
peer-reviewed conference dedicated specifically to electronic crime
APWG.EU, the APWG’s European Union chapter, was established in October,
2013 as non-profit research foundation headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.
Among APWG's corporate sponsors are as follows: Afilias Ltd., Agari,
AhnLab, AT&T(T), Avast!, AVG Technologies, BBN Technologies, Barracuda
Networks, BillMeLater, Bkav, Blue Coat, BrandMail, BrandProtect, Bsecure
Technologies, CSC Digital Brand Services, Check Point Software
Technologies, Comcast, CSIRTBANELCO, Cyber Defender, Cyveillance,
DigiCert, Domain Tools, Donuts.co, Easy Solutions, eBay/PayPal (EBAY),
eCert, EC Cert, ESET, EST Soft, Facebook, Fortinet, FraudWatch
International, F-Secure, GAS Tecnologia, GlobalSign, GoDaddy, Google,
GroupIB, Hauri, Hitachi Systems, Ltd., Huawei Symantec, IEEE Standards
Association, ICANN, Iconix, IID, IronPort, ING Bank, Intuit,
Internet.bs, IT Matrix, Kindsight, LaCaixa, Lenos Software, MailShell,
Malcovery, MarkMonitor, M86Security, McAfee (MFE), Melbourne IT,
MessageLevel, Microsoft (MSFT), MicroWorld, Mirapoint, NHN, MyPW,
nProtect Online Security, Netcraft, Network Solutions, NeuStar, Nominet,
Nominum, Public Interest Registry, Panda Software, Phishlabs,
Phishme.com, Phorm, Planty.net, Prevx, Procera, Proofpoint, QinetiQ,
Qihoo 360, Return Path, RSA Security (EMC), RuleSpace, SAIC (From
Science to Solutions), SalesForce, SecureBrain, S21sec, SIDN, SiteLock,
SoftForum, SoftLayer, SoftSecurity, SOPHOS, SunTrust, SurfControl,
Symantec (SYMC), Tagged, TDS Telecom, Telefonica (TEF), TransCreditBank,
Trend Micro (TMIC), Trustwave, Vasco (VDSI), VeriSign (VRSN), Websense
Inc. (WBSN), Wombat Security Technologies, Yahoo! (YHOO) and zvelo.
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