$10,000 GateKeeper Virus Challenge is On

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from GateKeeper LLC

    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- At one second after midnight on April
 16, 2001, GateKeeper LLC opened the worldwide challenge.  Within 24 hours,
 nearly 300 e-mailed viruses tried to break through the E-mail GateKeeper.  A
 $10,000 award will be paid to the first registered challenger to successfully
 penetrate a designated system protected by the E-mail GateKeeper Virus
 Protection System. Challenge rules and registration procedures are available
 at http://www.emailgatekeeper.com .
     Every virus report published this year indicates the general public is
 already fending off and attempting to shield their computers and assets from
 destructive viruses.  Will Knight wrote in a recent News.com article:  "Virus
 attacks may triple by the end of the year, according to research from British
 antivirus software company MessageLabs, which projected that government
 departments and companies will collapse under the weight of malicious e-mail
 attachments.
     " ... Within government offices, the number of virus incidents is
 predicted to rise 222 percent ... A similarly worrying situation is predicted
 for the commercial sector. The manufacturing industry can expect virus
 outbreaks to increase 234 percent with e-mail use up only 124 percent, and the
 media sector will see 219 percent more viruses this year, with a 137 percent
 increase in e-mail usage.
     "The figures are extrapolated from the increase in virus incidents
 MessageLabs customers saw between January 2000 and February 2001.  In this
 time, MessageLabs says it scanned more than 50 million e-mail messages for
 viruses. 'The figures are disturbing,' said MessageLabs Chief Technical
 Officer Mark Sunner. 'Although the use of e-mail continues to flourish, and
 awareness of viruses increases, we aren't seeing a proportional rise in
 effective virus protection.'"
     At the announcement of the challenge, President of GateKeeper LLC, Mason
 Stewart, published a statement of purpose on the website, excerpted here:
     "Recently some members of the virus protection industry as well as certain
 IT personnel have accused us of being irresponsible in offering a $10,000
 award to anyone who could get an e-mail virus through our new system. While we
 duly note the reaction, we remind the security industry and our client base
 that we are encouraging people to attack our product-and only our product.  We
 categorically reject the notion that we are irresponsibly or unethically
 encouraging the spread of viruses."
     "Before we make a major commitment to install our system on thousands of
 networks, we want to prove it is as bulletproof as we know it to be," says Rob
 Hook, GateKeeper Technology Director.
     Stewart adds, "We know computer systems will be attacked by e-mail
 viruses.  Our challenge uses the negative impact of viruses in a positive way
 by focusing those attacks on us; hence confirming E-mail GateKeeper's
 strength.  To do less would be truly irresponsible."
     The E-mail GateKeeper Development Team is excited about their product and
 its potential.  It has a unique approach to protecting the public against
 e-mail distributed viruses.  GateKeeper's challenge will run through May 25,
 2001, all the while keeping the public updated on the number of attempts.
 
     CONTACT:  Technical: Mason Stewart, 301-838-3186, or Media: Susan Baer,
 703-669-2284, both of GateKeeper LLC
 
 

SOURCE GateKeeper LLC
    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- At one second after midnight on April
 16, 2001, GateKeeper LLC opened the worldwide challenge.  Within 24 hours,
 nearly 300 e-mailed viruses tried to break through the E-mail GateKeeper.  A
 $10,000 award will be paid to the first registered challenger to successfully
 penetrate a designated system protected by the E-mail GateKeeper Virus
 Protection System. Challenge rules and registration procedures are available
 at http://www.emailgatekeeper.com .
     Every virus report published this year indicates the general public is
 already fending off and attempting to shield their computers and assets from
 destructive viruses.  Will Knight wrote in a recent News.com article:  "Virus
 attacks may triple by the end of the year, according to research from British
 antivirus software company MessageLabs, which projected that government
 departments and companies will collapse under the weight of malicious e-mail
 attachments.
     " ... Within government offices, the number of virus incidents is
 predicted to rise 222 percent ... A similarly worrying situation is predicted
 for the commercial sector. The manufacturing industry can expect virus
 outbreaks to increase 234 percent with e-mail use up only 124 percent, and the
 media sector will see 219 percent more viruses this year, with a 137 percent
 increase in e-mail usage.
     "The figures are extrapolated from the increase in virus incidents
 MessageLabs customers saw between January 2000 and February 2001.  In this
 time, MessageLabs says it scanned more than 50 million e-mail messages for
 viruses. 'The figures are disturbing,' said MessageLabs Chief Technical
 Officer Mark Sunner. 'Although the use of e-mail continues to flourish, and
 awareness of viruses increases, we aren't seeing a proportional rise in
 effective virus protection.'"
     At the announcement of the challenge, President of GateKeeper LLC, Mason
 Stewart, published a statement of purpose on the website, excerpted here:
     "Recently some members of the virus protection industry as well as certain
 IT personnel have accused us of being irresponsible in offering a $10,000
 award to anyone who could get an e-mail virus through our new system. While we
 duly note the reaction, we remind the security industry and our client base
 that we are encouraging people to attack our product-and only our product.  We
 categorically reject the notion that we are irresponsibly or unethically
 encouraging the spread of viruses."
     "Before we make a major commitment to install our system on thousands of
 networks, we want to prove it is as bulletproof as we know it to be," says Rob
 Hook, GateKeeper Technology Director.
     Stewart adds, "We know computer systems will be attacked by e-mail
 viruses.  Our challenge uses the negative impact of viruses in a positive way
 by focusing those attacks on us; hence confirming E-mail GateKeeper's
 strength.  To do less would be truly irresponsible."
     The E-mail GateKeeper Development Team is excited about their product and
 its potential.  It has a unique approach to protecting the public against
 e-mail distributed viruses.  GateKeeper's challenge will run through May 25,
 2001, all the while keeping the public updated on the number of attempts.
 
     CONTACT:  Technical: Mason Stewart, 301-838-3186, or Media: Susan Baer,
 703-669-2284, both of GateKeeper LLC
 
 SOURCE  GateKeeper LLC