Websense hopes to ensnare Web 2.0 attackers with a new honeypot-style threat detection system.

HoneyJax will root out attacks on social networking sites, blogs and wikis, and then update Websense's Web Security Suite filterware to protect users from malicious web pages.

Similar to regular "honeypots" that are placed on the Internet to lure attackers, HoneyJax is designed to attract a new generation of web-based attacks, said Dan Hubbard, vice president of security research with Websense. The system "allows you to track exploits in the Web 2.0 world and helps assist in the identification of misuse of these technologies," he said.

Hubbard introduced the technology the DefCon conference in Las Vegas yesterday.

Sites such as MySpace are forced to perform a balancing act when they let users develop cool new features for their profiles, security expert say. That's because cool new “Web 2.0” features often come at the expense of security.

MySpace has been the subject of several attacks over the past year, including a phishing incident in late June where dozens of user accounts were hijacked and used to attack visiting computers.