Taiwan Releases the First Free Public Database of Malware in the World

Taiwan Releases the First Free Public Database of Malware in the WorldTaiwan is undoubtedly one of the most targeted by malware attacks. According to authorities, there are over 3.4 million attacks that are reported locally on a daily basis. That is possibly the reason why the state-island is more active in finding solutions about the problem and setting up measures to prevent such malware attacks.

It has recently launched a public database specifically made for malware. It would be in the history of technology because it is the first in the world to do so. To some observers, the project could be equivalent to a typical cyber rogue’s gallery. The database is aimed at increasing public awareness about the real threats to information security.

Taiwan’s National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) is behind the launch, according to the local Central News Agency. Tsai I-lang, one of the research associates at NCHC, on the other hand, claimed that the database is also the first knowledge base about malware in the world to be offered for free to the public.

Anyone could apply for access to this database. It is most recommended to ordinary citizens as well as those from businesses and the academe. Application for access to the database could be processed for free at the Web address: http://owl.nchc.org.tw.

Large database of malware

Presently, the malware database has a list of about 200,000 kinds of malicious software. Those come with necessary and helpful information about how to get rid of over 3,000 of identified computer viruses. Thus, this would be logically helpful to those who have been fighting suspicious malware attacks.

According to Tsai, the NCHC began working on this malware database back in 2010. He disclosed that the initiative was started with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education and in partnership with up to 20 universities. NCHC is a unit of Taiwan’s National Research Laboratories.

Continuous monitoring

The same database would have up to 6,000 decoy IP addresses. Those are constantly monitored to make sure any malware attack could be instantly detected. Early monitoring would also help lessen the impact any malware attack before it runs too late.

Taiwan reportedly wants to make sure all PCs and data would remain safe. This comes ahead of higher incidences of malware as well as cyber-criminal attacks not just in Taiwan but also in the rest of the world. This goal would logically prove to be an effective one. Anyone from anywhere in the world could also access the first free public database of malware.

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