Blue Coat Systems is hoping to block the next generation of malware threats by targeting the infrastructure behind cybercrime networks.
The security firm said that its approach to taking down threats focuses on the hosts, servers and other components which launch cyber attacks rather than just the actual malware threats themselves.
Speaking with V3 at the 2013 RSA conference, Blue Coat senior director of product marketing Sasi Murthy said that the focus on blocking the malware infrastructure was a response to trends the company's researchers have spotted among attackers.
Murthy said that in most cases cybercriminals will build a single infrastructure backbone which is used to host the attack servers and other components which serve up malware attacks. Those infrastructures are often re-used for multiple attacks.
"Once they set up their runway they launch their attack, they make a bunch of money, then they go to sleep," said Murthy.
"But then they reuse that investment."
Blue Coat believes that by targeting and blocking traffic from systems known to have in the past been used in malware or other cybercrime events, it can shut down multiple attacks.
When successful, the technique can also prevent customers from being infected by zero-day attacks and new malware packages as the traffic is blocked off at the source.
The company said that the infrastructure approach will only become more important in the coming years as malware writers look to target new platforms.
Blue Coat researchers recently found that of the 1,500 so-called malnets its tracks, eight have already begun to adopt components for mobile handset malware attacks and three are exclusively devoted to exploiting and infecting mobile platforms.
"They are exploring and they are trying out new tactics," Murthy said of the cybercrime operators.
"They have these infrastructures ready to go, all they need now is the exploit kit."
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