BLADE cuts off malware at the door

Friday - 10/15/2010, 9:30am EDT

Dr. Wenke Lee, professor, Georgia Tech School of Computer Science

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There's a threat of downloading spyware and other malicious code whenever you visit a website, and the threat can happen without your knowledge or consent. Approximately 560,000 websites and about 5.5 million Web pages on those sites were infected with malware during the fourth quarter of 2009. So what can you do to stop it? There's a new tool, called BLADE -- short for Block All Drive-By Download Exploits, that eliminates the "drive-by downloads." It's being developed by researchers at Georgia Tech and SRI International. Dr. Wenke Lee, a professor at the Georgia Tech School of Computer Science, explains how it works.

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