Websense has unveiled security technology that finds online threats launched within Web 2.0 applications.

The increasing popularity of these applications has driven hackers to target users and businesses using these tools, such as social networking sites, wikis and blogs, which facilitate collaboration and sharing between users.

To combat this threat, the internet filtering company has deployed new systems across the internet called “HoneyJax” that emulate user behaviour within Web 2.0 applications to uncover threats before they spread.

If a hacker were to launch an attack using a social networking site, the technology would detect the threat through its systems. Users would then be automatically protected from accessing the compromised profiles within the site, as well as the site that is hosting the malicious code, according to Websense.

“Web 2.0 hackers provide yet another level of complexity for customers that want to prevent data loss and malicious attacks,” said Dan Hubbard, vice president of security research, Websense.