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19 March 2007, 17:58

CeBIT: Neural networks against spam

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Softwin has announced at CeBIT that it will be using neural networks to improve the detection rate of spam and phishing e-mails in Bitdefender's antivirus solutions (hall 7, stand B20). The technology, which Softwin calls NeuNet, is already included in current Linux versions of the antivirus software.

Neural networks are expected to improve both scanning speed and detection performance. Softwin uses different types of specialized neural networks for different types of e-mail, such as image spam or solicitations from the "Nigeria Connection". The software can also create new networks for previously unknown types of spam without having the larger number of networks reduce performance to any noticeable extent.

At CeBIT, the vendor has also presented another innovation: a virus protection solution for smartphones and PDAs running on Symbian OS or Windows Mobile. A background monitor allegedly prevents contaminants from being executed, and the package also contains an on-demand scanner. Bitdefender Mobile Security is expected to hit shops in May and cost 30 euros.


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