SOURCE: F-Secure, Inc.

F-Secure, Internet Security, Anti-Virus, Antispyware, Firewall, Operation Aurora, zero-day exploits

January 20, 2010 13:30 ET

F-Secure Internet Security 2010 Blocked "Operation Aurora" Before It Happened

F-Secure Internet Security 2010, With Its Unique Feature Called Exploit Shield, Proactively Blocked the "Aurora" Internet Explorer Exploit Before the Attacks Were Made and Before Anyone Knew the Vulnerability Existed

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 20, 2010) - F-Secure's powerful Exploit Shield, a feature in Internet Security 2010 and F-Secure's business solutions, gives computer users protection against malicious exploits of software vulnerabilities, such as the infamous "Operation Aurora" espionage attack against Google and several other technology companies. This recently discovered exploit for the Internet Explorer browser, known as CVE 2010-0249, can allow outsiders to remotely control infected computers.

New vulnerabilities are constantly being discovered. While software manufacturers race to issue patches to fix these security problems, criminals seek to exploit the unpatched vulnerabilities to gain access to systems and data. Attacks against vulnerabilities that are not yet known by the software vendors at the time of the exploitation are known as zero-day exploits. Traditional antivirus solutions are only able to protect against attacks that have already been seen and analyzed, but provide no protection against zero-day exploits.

F-Secure Chief Technology Officer Pirkka Palomäki said, "F-Secure's unique Exploit Shield has been designed to protect computers even against new, unknown attacks during the crucial period before a patch for a security vulnerability is issued. That's when the security hole is still open and able to be exploited by the criminals. The Exploit Shield kicks into action at the first sign of suspicious computer behavior, even without prior knowledge of the specific vulnerability and related exploit. For example, thanks to the Exploit Shield we were able to block the 'Aurora' exploit proactively -- before the attacks were made."

The Exploit Shield, part of the Browsing Protection feature of Internet Security 2010 and F-Secure's business solutions, also instantly reports to F-Secure's real-time protection network about any new exploits and malicious websites that spread drive-by downloads. This means that all F-Secure customers around the world benefit from better protection by getting a warning sign not to enter a malicious or hacked website.

The recent spate of targeted zero-day attacks against a number of companies also demonstrates that the F-Secure Exploit Shield is essential armor for businesses in the battle against cybercrime and espionage. All the latest versions of F-Secure consumer and business products include the Exploit Shield as part of their Browsing Protection features.

The Exploit Shield in F-Secure Internet Security 2010 and business solutions provides:

--  Zero Day Defense: Protects unpatched machines.
--  Patch-Equivalent Protection: Vulnerability "shield" updates.
--  Proactive Measures: Heuristic detection techniques.
--  Protection Against All Websites: Whether they are trusted, un-trusted,
    malicious or hacked.
--  Automatic Feedback: detected exploit attempts are automatically reported
    to F-Secure.

More information about "Operation Aurora" and how F-Secure blocks it is available on our blog, along with a video of the Exploit Shield in action, at

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