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URL Scanning and Detection

Overview

In May 2004, EnterTheGame launched the first ever URL scanning system encorporated into a chat network. Scanning roughly 1000 URLs per minute, it has stopped countless infected computers from spreading viruses through malicious URLs. The system keeps a database with definitions for viruses and malicious code. At EnterTheGame we take pride in the steps we take to ensure the highest level of security for our users and we were very pleased
to be able to bring this service online for our users.

Operation and Detection

When the scanner detects a URL posted in a channel, it scans it against the pattern database.
There are two types of patterns:

  • Confirmed malicious URLs
  • Patterns to warn our users about

Confirmed malicious URLs
If the URL contains anything identified and confirmed as malicious the scanner will place a G-Line on the client which posted the URL. And warn all of the users exposed to the URL of the vulnerability or virus it contains instructing them not to go.

Patterns to warn our users about
If the URL contains some code or data that matches a pattern in the scanner for possible harmful contents a warning will be posted by
ChanServ in the channel that the URL was posted in. These warnings are things to help the users make a better informed decision of going to a site or not before they go to it by telling them of possible things they should be wary of. A warning can be anything from a script on the page that attempts to send a file off your harddrive, one that tries to write files to your system, ones that try to steal information, etc. Basically any hidden/embedded code that could be used maliciously it warns the users about so they are aware of it ahead of time to decide if to go or not, and if they do decide to go they know what security precautions to take ahead of time.

The process may take a bit of time before a  warning depending on the load of the system.

As always, It is still still best to not click links you are not familiar with unless you trust the person posting them and you know for sure they aren`t infected with a virus.

Last Updated: May 13th, 2005 - By: whiz
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