Turkish engineers develop software to prevent online leaks

A group of engineers has developed software that offers complete protection against online leaks, such as those by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which less than two weeks ago shook the world.

Turkish engineers develop software to prevent online leaks

World Bulletin / News Desk

A group of engineers working at a company operating inside the Middle East Technical University's (ODTÜ) Teknokent (Techno City) has developed software that offers complete protection against online leaks, such as those by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which less than two weeks ago shook the world, particularly the US.

The software, MyDLP, which was produced by young Turkish engineers from the Ankara-based Medra Technology and Medra Communications, prevents leaks from their source and immediately warns authorities once someone attempts to transfer data from an online communication and information storage system. Security and software engineer Hüseyin Kerem Cevahir, one of the masterminds behind the project, told the Anatolia news agency that they have received intense interest from around the world for it. “E-mails are flocking to our inbox, particularly from the US, but we know the program is currently being followed by people in some 60 countries from New Zealand to those in Europe. The number of institutions that want to use it at the moment is too big to ignore. Several of them, mostly based in the US, have already started using it,” said Cevahir.

For him, the WikiLeaks' release of a trove of US diplomatic cables indicated how important it is to stop similar leaks from their source, but it was not the factor that led them to initiate his work in this area because they have been working on the program for years. They project was jointly funded by ODTÜ Teknokent, the Industry and Trade Ministry's Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

Cevahir added that the software is now available online at the www.mydlp.org website. Downloading and installing the program takes only half an hour. “Now, institutions and large organizations are very aware of the importance of preventing an unauthorized flow of data. Our product recognizes a user organization's data and can decide if a particular datum is confidential or not and can prevent it from being leaked,” Cevahir said.

With MyDLP, users “will be able to block any data flow containing credit card numbers, social security numbers or IBAN account numbers,” according to Medra's website, which appeals to businesses that want their customers to be more comfortable when sharing personal and financial information. Cevahir says their program provides data security for web, mail, printers and removable devices as well.

Thanks to MyDLP, he adds, “Your sensitive data will not leak out through network connections or any kind of endpoint devices.” On the specific issue of the US diplomatic cables WikiLeaks revealed, the young engineer said it could have been prevented if a program such as MyDLP was used by the US Department of Defense.

100 percent transparent

Cevahir told Anatolia one of the most important features of their program is that how it works is completely open: “Entrusting secret documents to security systems whose workings cannot be examined is a security problem, too. In that regard, that MyDLP is an open-source project is very important. It can be controlled and examined by independent experts. Contrary to most software programs, we don't hide our work; we are distributing the open-source version. Everyone can use and examine it and maintain information security. We can provide them professional support whenever there is a need.”

 

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