The world’s favorite open souce virusscanner, ClamAV, has just announced a new detection module that scans outgoing traffic for unwanted information disclosure. It’s called a Data Loss Prevention module:

Description:  We have written a new module that, when enabled, scans data for the inclusion of US formated Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers and other personally identifying information. 

Benefit:  Identity theft is an increasing concern among both IT specialists and the public.  This fully configurable module scans incoming and outgoing data for signs of a Trojan.  These Trojans transmit private data. ClamAV, coupled with Snort, detects attempted data thefts. 

For all other improvements see the full release announcement. With the recent good news about the Trend Micro lawsuit things appear to be going well for the ClamAV team!