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Websense's HoneyJax lures Web 2.0 malware

Honeypot to protect social-networking sites

Websense has announced HoneyJax, a threat-detection system designed to spot 'Web 2.0' attacks as they are launched.

HoneyJax will root out attacks on social-networking sites, blogs and wikis, and then update Websense's Web Security Suite to protect users from malicious websites or pages.

Similar to "honeypot" systems, which are placed on the internet to lure conventional online attackers, HoneyJax is designed to attract this new generation of web-based attacks, said Dan Hubbard, vice president of security research at Websense.

The system "allows you to track exploits in the Web 2.0 world and helps assist in the identification of misuse of these technologies", he said.

Hubbard will be introducing the technology Sunday at a DefCon conference here in Las Vegas.

Sites such as MySpace.com are forced to perform a balancing act as they free their users to develop new features for the websites, security expert say. That's because cool new Web 2.0 features often come at the expense of security.

MySpace.com has been the subject of several attacks over the past year, including a phishing incident in late June where dozens of user accounts were hijacked and used to attack visiting computers.

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