EU urged to support virus outbreak system

Security specialists have petitioned the European Union to sponsor an early warning system for internet threats.

Security specialists have petitioned the European Union to sponsor an early warning system for internet threats.

Project WOMBAT (Worldwide Observatory for Malicious Behaviour and Attack Tools) is a threat alert system being supported by European technology companies and researchers, including France Telecom, the Institut Eurecom, and Hispasec Sistemas, said Stefan Zanero, a researcher with the Institut Politecnico di Milano, who is involved with the project.

WOMBAT is designed to offer professionals up to the minute information on emerging threats, but the team will also develop technologies for automating the collection and analysis of malware, Zanero said.

WOMBAT has also been selected for funding by the European Union's 7th Framework research programme. The amount of the grant has not been finalised.

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