07|25|2012 05:08 pm EDT
The company’s domain parking pages were accidentally blocked by an anti-virus software earlier this year
Oversee.net announced today that its domain parking unit DomainSponsor has entered into an agreement with Team Cymru, a specialized Internet security research firm and non-profit dedicated to making the Internet more secure by helping organizations identify and eradicate problems in their network.
Given the size and scope of its DomainSponsor traffic monetization network, the company sees itself in a uniquely advantageous position to help detect and identify potentially malicious communications to share via its relationship with Team Cymru to benefit the wider Internet Security Community.
According to Oversee.net’s CEO Debra Domeyer, the company “want[s] to support their efforts to help other companies avoid network problems caused by malware and to help users have a safer online experience.”
Earlier this year in May, an author by the name of EarlGrey wrote on Syndk8.com that Oversee.net’s domain parking subsidiary DomainSponsor had been “hacked” and was “spreading malware“. The report turned out to be a false alarm, as confirmed by Oversee.net’s VP of Marketing & Communications, Aaron Kvitek, and a comment posted by the original author. The company’s domain parking pages had accidentally been blocked by an anti-virus software and Oversee.net was able to work with the vendor to remove the block.
See the full press release after the jump.
Oversee.net to Work with Internet Security Experts Team Cymru to Combat Malware
Agreement Will Provide Internet Security Community With
Real-time Information on Potentially Malicious Activity
Los Angeles, Calif. (July 25, 2012) — Oversee.net®, which operates a global online performance marketing network with over 250 million unique visitors per month, announced today that it has entered into an agreement involving its DomainSponsor® business unit and Team Cymru, a specialized Internet security research firm and non-profit dedicated to making the Internet more secure by helping organizations identify and eradicate problems in their network.
Given the size and scope of Oversee’s DomainSponsor traffic monetization network, it is in a uniquely advantageous position to help detect and identify potentially malicious communications to share via its relationship with Team Cymru to benefit the wider Internet Security Community. As part of the Agreement, DomainSponsor will provide Team Cymru with information on suspected fraudulent traffic hitting its network. After analyzing this real-time information, Team Cymru will then facilitate the communication of malicious activity to the Internet Security Community. It is expected that this real-time “early warning system” created by Oversee and Team Cymru will help Internet Service Providers (ISPs), hosting companies and other entities take preventative steps to protect their networks from being adversely affected by malicious activity online.
Another key element of the agreement involves Team Cymru providing Oversee with tools and data that will help it take additional steps to identify and block malicious traffic on its network.
“There is a common misperception in the Internet Security Community that domain parking networks spread malware because occasionally expired domains previously involved in malware activity are unknowingly bought and placed on domain parking networks”, said Debra Domeyer, CEO of Oversee.net. “Malicious traffic is bad for everyone. That’s why we’re so excited to be sharing our domain parking network data with an Internet Security Community leader like Team Cymru. We want to support their efforts to help other companies avoid network problems caused by malware and to help users have a safer online experience. We are also very excited to be receiving their help in taking our fraudulent traffic prevention capabilities to the next level. ”
“When it comes to Internet security, visibility is key. With the help of Oversee, our ability to identify and understand threats will increase considerably due to their global network and traffic volume,” said Dave Monnier, Security Evangelist and Fellow at Team Cymru. “This partnership is certainly going to help us more quickly identify malicious activity online, and get that information out to the Internet community early enough to help other businesses and consumers avoid becoming victims and manage the impact of those hosts already affected.”
Oversee.net® is a leader in online performance marketing. Using proprietary technology, it helps advertisers acquire valuable, pre-qualified leads. Its DomainSponsor® business unit pioneered the monetization of direct navigation traffic in 2002 and now operates one of the largest PPC and CPV traffic networks in the world with over 250 million unique visitors per month. Oversee’s owned and operated lead generation websites in the travel, retail and consumer finance verticals produce over 14 million high-converting leads per month for advertisers by providing users with the information they need to make smart purchase decisions. Oversee also owns DOMAINfest®, a conference series for domain investors and online marketing professionals. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Oversee has offices in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany. For additional information, visit http://oversee.net.
About Team Cymru
Team Cymru is an organization dedicated to making the Internet more secure. Team Cymru provides the IT Security community with a wide range of services, both public and private, to help in detecting and fighting malware and cyber crime. In addition, it provides a number of tools, templates and references which, when used appropriately and in an integrated manner, can provide a low-cost effective way of protecting your network – what they call ‘Security for $1 a day”. The experts at Team Cymru are frequent speakers at conferences around the world, including an annual conference on cyber-crime that it co-hosts with INTERPOL at their headquarters in Lyon, France. Team Cymru is located in Florida with offices across the globe. For additional information, visit http://www.team-cymru.org.