Taking a step in the fight against global e-mail viruses, UK-based DERA is offering a version of its SyBard/Mail software as a free download for personal computer use. DERA’s SyBard/Mail can be used with virtually all Windows based e-mail applications, including MS Outlook, MS Outlook Express, Eudora, Netscape Messenger and Pegasus Mail.
The rapid world-wide spread of e-mail borne viruses such as the ‘lovebug’, ‘Anna Kournikova’, and most recently, the pornographic ‘Homepage’ continue to demonstrate the vulnerability of e-mail applications to relatively simple Visual Basic (VB) script-based attacks.
SyBard/Mail blocks all unauthorised e-mail release, hence shutting down the self-propagation methods exploited by e-mail viruses such as ‘Homepage’. DERA hopes that widespread take-up of its SyBard/Mail free download by home computer users will slow to a crawl the previously devastating rate of infection achieved by e-mail borne viruses.
The package is in fact only one component of the DERA SyBard::Suite, an integrated computer security solution that will be made available during a phased ‘roll-out’ production programme over the next twelve months.
Dr Simon Wiseman, the leader of the research team that developed SyBard::Suite said that he was confident that world-wide use of SyBard/Mail will dramatically reduce the damaging effects of global e-mail viruses. ‘By making the software freely available for home computer users, we are making a major contribution to the fight against the malicious e-mail threat,’ he said.