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AVG Malware TRAP Center will enhance the discovery of new strains of computer threats and prevent their spread across the internet

April 28, 2009 by  

Web Hosting ToolsAmsterdam – AVG Technologies, the global internet security company with over 80 million customers, announced the opening of its international research center in Brno, Czech Republic. The AVG Malware TRAP Centrum (M-TRAP – Malware Trending, Reporting, Analysis, and Prevalence) gathers and analyzes information on malware and how it spreads across the internet.

Social networking tools are increasingly opening us up to risk of attack by malware. It is much easier to inadvertently spread worms to our friends’ PCs than ever before. However, it’s not just social networking sites that are at risk – our computer peripherals are being targeted too. Researchers have identified a cyber espionage network, dubbed Ghostnet, which is capable of taking full control of infected computers – including searching and downloading specific files and operating attached devices like microphones and web-cameras. It is now more important than ever to be searching for these threats before they become a big problem.

The M-TRAP researchers run the malware under quarantine conditions and obtain the data via AVG’s 80 million users around the world. The researchers observe behavior and speeds, allowing them to create a cure against the malware. Karel Obluk, CTO of AVG Technologies and the initiator of the project, says: “M-TRAP will search for interconnections to detect and prevent the spread of malware. We are seeing a rise in malware targeting social networking sites and we will be using the research results to develop new technologies for the ongoing and effective fight against these computer threats.”

The AVG Malware TRAP Centrum team consists of five IT professionals. The M-TRAP research center is run in conjunction with the Faculty of Information Technologies (FIT) of Brno University of Technology, and the partnership will enable students to work in the labs to gain work experience. “In the past we supported a number of research projects at the FIT. Following the opening of our research center we will provide the undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to take part in its research activities,” added Obluk.

The Brno Center is one of three research facilities for AVG Technologies dedicated to discovering malicious codes, and helps to cement AVG Technologies as the leader in global internet security.

About AVG Technologies
AVG is a global security solutions leader protecting more than 80 million consumers and small business computer users in 167 countries from the ever-growing incidence of web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, AVG has nearly two decades of experience in combating cyber crime and one of the most advanced laboratories for detecting, pre-empting and combating Web-borne threats from around the world. Its free online, downloadable software model allows entry-level users to gain basic anti-virus protection and then to easily and inexpensively upgrade to greater levels of safety and defense in both single and multi-user environments. Nearly 6,000 resellers, partners and distributors team with AVG globally including Amazon.com, CNET, Cisco, Ingram Micro, Play.com, Wal-Mart, and Yahoo!

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