Symantec Dark Vision app monitors underground IRC servers
Researchers in Symantec Corp.'s internal special projects group have developed a new application capable of real time monitoring within the various channels that data thieves, crackers and other online miscreants use to communicate.
Called Dark Vision, the application is actually a mash-up comprising components of Google Maps and various Symantec products. It presents users with a dual-paned interface: one side contains a list of active IRC chat servers being monitored, and the other shows a global map with markers showing the locations of selected servers.
During a recent demonstration of the technology, Oliver Friedrichs, director of emerging technologies at Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec's security response group, clicked on a link for a random chat server and brought up a live log of the activity on the server. Symantec Dark Vision app monitors underground IRC servers
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