Malcovery Security Receives Patent Approval for Anti-phishing Technology That Automates Identification for Brand Protection

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The patent further protects Malcovery’s leading-edge technology in Enterprise Security Intelligence.

Greg Coticchia, President and CEO of Malcovery

These patents will allow us to protect our technology as we continue research and product development.

Malcovery®, the leader in delivering actionable security intelligence that can be applied to neutralize the threats and actions by cyber criminals in the areas of phishing, spam and malware, today announced that it was awarded a second patent titled “ System and Method for Identifying a Phishing Website” (US 8468597). The patent inventors are Gary Warner, cofounder and CTO of Malcovery, and Bradley Wardman, currently of PayPal. This patent describes a software process in which the numerous individual files that make up a suspected phishing site are first tagged with a unique identifier. These unique tags are then compared with those of previously confirmed phishing sites and once a similarity coefficient threshold is reached the new previously unidentified site is identified as an actual new phish. These unique common identifiers are then used to form clusters of related phishing sites.

This patent further defines the underlying processes which were extended in the first patent received in the area of ‘Phishing Intelligence’ as part of the overall growing trend in enterprise security to use big data and analytics techniques to identify the source and nature of cybercriminals and their attacks.

Malcovery’s solutions are based on technology developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and covered by two awarded patents and two pending patents exclusively licensed by Malcovery. This technology has the ability to automatically identify a phishing website without human intervention and then uses comparison and clustering technology to determine whether the phish is an already identified threat or more importantly a new as of yet unidentified threat. It can then associate these threats with an organization’s particular brand or identify emerging phishing threats across multiple brands enabling earlier and more accurate detection for all brands being phished.

Malcovery’s previous awarded patent, “System and Method for Branding a Phishing Website Using Advanced Pattern Matching” (US 8381292 B1) built upon the technology of this second patent to identify the similarity associated with the various elements of a potential site not just to known phishing sites but it also identifies that the phish is associated with a particular brand. The patent inventors were Gary Warner, cofounder and CTO of Malcovery, and Bradley Wardman, currently of PayPal.

"We are extremely pleased to receive this notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office," stated Greg Coticchia, Chief Executive Officer of Malcovery. "We're hardly finished though, and we continue to innovate and develop our technology to meet our customers' critical needs. These patents will allow us to protect our technology as we continue research and product development."

Two other patents for the technology are pending. Both of these are also related to phishing analytics.

Malcovery was launched in early 2013 as a result of an exclusive, worldwide license from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and based on research in cyber forensics conducted at the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (CIA|JFR) at UAB. Malcovery has quickly gained commercial success with enterprise customers such as eBay, Facebook, Visa, IBM, LinkedIn and others.

About Malcovery® Security:

Malcovery Security is the leading provider of actionable cyber security intelligence and forensic analysis, delivered through software and services that target cyber criminals and their activities. The company's patented and patent-pending technology provides the ability to identify the ‘root sources’ of cybercrime attacks (servers, perpetrators, locations, etc.), delivering rich intelligence information about cross-brand attacks and targeted attacks, as well as advanced notification of emerging e-mail-based threats.

Unlike services that serve as a response to these attacks today--services that simply address the symptoms, but cannot provide the intelligence to actually stop the cybercriminal--Malcovery Security’s solutions provide the unique intelligence required to respond effectively to attacks on customers’ brands, to disrupt phishing activities and successfully prosecute cybercriminals.
Malcovery Security is based on technologies developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (CIA|JFR) and has offices in Pittsburgh, PA and Birmingham, AL.

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Editor’s Note: Malcovery® is a registered trademark. ‘Identify the Source. Stop the Threat’ TM is a trademark of Malcovery Security, LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the protected properties of their respective owners.

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