URL Reputation in a Digital World

One can't emphasize enough that that the best protection against hacked websites is a smart URL filter with an abilty to recognize in real-time web-page content and malware threats.

Recently the malware "industry" was caught experimenting. All it takes is a tiny set to zero and a teeny tiny bit of code called from a remote server to test the user agent of the browser. Since Android is over 50% of the smartphone market and draws the most malware target practice, more than half of the time this kind of exploit will work - unchecked.

Such an attack is easy, the tiny code simply checks the browser user agent string and processes a script on a remote server if a smartphone browser identifies it self as an Android.

If it's an Android, the malware immediately attempts to access a remote page that triggers a download - all other mobile and PC based browsers do nothing or serve a blank page, but since the server returns an Android app the Android browser automatically downloads and installs it.

How do you help your customers protect your organization?

The easiest way is with an OEM solution and a partnership with NetSTAR using inCompass®. Your solution can then provide a set of malware categories which allows your solution to automatically blocks access. Setting a zero sized is only one way malware is distributed, but the malware play always relies on access to a URL or IP, and that's why active URL categorization and reputation reporting is so value. After all, a smartphone or tablet isn't able to support a full AV suite on the phone, and cybercrime is more about obfuscation and misdirection so solutions which rely on active URL processing are critical to mobile security and online safety.

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NetSTAR has become a global leader in providing high-quality OEM web categorization solutions to technology and telco partners. We deliver advanced categorization and filtering technology for URLs, IPs, web/SaaS apps, and mobile apps. Our categorization solutions and associated threat intelligence are used by hundreds of OEM partners around the globe, supporting over 1 billion endpoints.

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