Derby County Football Club has replaced its anti-virus systems with advanced anti-malware technology, following an attempted hacking attack on its networks.
The football club stepped up its security after discovering that its anti-virus system had failed to detect Trojans that could allow hackers to access its networks.
It replaced the system with technology from Prevx which disrupts malware by blocking any unknown program running on the network.
The club was forced to shut down its network of 100 PCs in September last year after discovering copies of the Rbot worm, which installs a backdoor for hackers, on a laptop. System logs showed that hackers had attempted to use the Rbot backdoor to break into the football club's network.
Louise Schoeman, head of IT at Derby County, said, "The clean up took a day and a half. We removed anything that was malicious. We changed every password on our systems."
Schoeman said the club had already been experiencing technical problems with its anti-virus software before the attempted hack.
"The anti-virus ran from a central console, but it kept failing to download and send anti-virus updates to all PCs. The only way to solve the problem was to reinstall it. When you are talking about 100 PCs, that causes a lot of problems," she said.
The club initially used the Prevx software to clean up its systems after discovering the Rbot infection.It decided to buy the product after the clean-up revealed several examples of other dangerous malware that had been missed by the anti-virus system.
The club is using the system to monitor each of its PCs from a central console that reports on the history of infections on each machine and identifies the software each is running.
It identifies and blocks malware by comparing it to a database of legitimate software and monitoring the behaviour of unknown programs. If malware is discovered, the system shares details of the threat with other Prevx users.
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This was first published in January 2007