ThreatSTOP Releases ThreatCHECK to Help Fight Online Fraud and Stolen Logins and Credit Cards

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Free Applet Enables Users to Check if their Computers are Infected by Botnets and Malware Sites

ThreatCHECK can potentially save a consumer thousands, and businesses millions, of dollars from stolen credit card numbers or credentials, lost data, cost of remediation and even fines for failing to comply with data security regulations.

ThreatSTOP, the developer of ThreatSTOP Botnet Defense Cloud, a cloud service protecting networks against botnets and malware using IP Reputation, has released ThreatCHECK, a tool to help keep people safe online, in time for the holiday shopping season. ThreatCHECK is a free applet for Windows users to check what ThreatSTOP knows about the IP addresses their computer connects to. This is the most reliable way to determine who the computer is really talking to. ThreatCHECK will provide a report identifying which countries the IPs are in, and call out known botnet and malware sites along with detailed research about them.

ThreatSTOP has the most accurate, continually updated, database of currently active botnet and malware sites. ThreatCHECK is easy to download and can be run in the background. ThreatCHECK enables users to ensure that their computers are talking to who they intend to, and not a cybercriminal gang in Eastern Europe hiding behind a seemingly legitimate website.

As more and more shopping moves on-line, more and more crimes are committed there. The holidays are the busiest days for online merchants as well as for the cybercriminals. Botnets, advanced persistent threats and criminal malware are widely recognized as the most serious information security problem today. The average number of web attacks globally doubled in 2010 from 10 million to 20 million , and the cost to consumers and organizations runs in the billions. Despite $20 billion spent annually on network security, 99% of networks are infected by malware. Criminals clearly have the upper hand as they attack—and profit—with very little cost and total impunity using victims’ own computers. No one, from the individual to the largest organizations, is immune.

“We are pleased to offer ThreatCHECK, a simple and free tool to help Internet users to find out the true identities of who they are really talking to online,” said Tom Byrnes, CEO and Founder of ThreatSTOP. “With ThreatCHECK, users can make sure that when they are going to their favorite online retailers, their computer isn’t also sending all their keystrokes to criminal syndicates. Simply checking with ThreatCHECK for a few minutes can potentially save a consumer thousands, and businesses millions, of dollars from stolen credit card numbers or credentials, lost data, cost of remediation and even fines for failing to comply with data security regulations.”

To download ThreatCHECK: http://www.threatstop.com/threatcheck

About ThreatSTOP

ThreatSTOP is the developer of ThreatSTOP Botnet Defense Cloud, a turnkey cloud service that uses IP reputation to protect networks against botnets and criminal malware. ThreatSTOP enables firewalls to block outbound “call homes” to command and control hosts as well as incoming attacks. It prevents data theft, increases network “goodput”, and reduces system load and attack surface. Updated in real-time and automatically distributed via DNS to firewalls, ThreatSTOP is deployed on customers’ existing equipment and can be activated within an hour without any network reconfigurations, retraining or manual updates. For more information, visit http://www.threatstop.com.

ThreatSTOP Contact:                    
Ken Liu, V.P. Business Development    
kliu(at)threatstop(dot)com    Tel: 760-542-1550 x 4250    Cell: 858-722-0912                    

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