No payment necessary: Fighting back against ransomware

Any IT professional who’s ever had an experience with malware knows how fast an intrusive attack can happen, and how difficult it can be to educate employees to be vigilant against such threats. And with ransomware attacks only growing, having information, tools and technologies to help protect your network can mean the difference between serious…


Our commitment to our customers’ security

This guest blog post is by Terry Myerson / Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group Windows is the only platform with a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues and proactively update impacted devices as soon as possible. And we take this responsibility very seriously. Recently, the activity group that Microsoft Threat Intelligence calls STRONTIUM…


Novetta leads first coordinated malware eradication campaign

​Earlier this month, Novetta took their initial public action in the first Coordinated Malware Eradication (CME) campaign against Win32/Hikiti and its associated threats. Today, Novetta released a comprehensive report that describes in detail the threats and threat actors,  known as Axiom, targeted in this campaign. Axiom is a well-resourced, disciplined, and sophisticated threat actor that…


Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit disrupts Jenxcus and Bladabindi malware families

​Today, following an investigation to which the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) contributed, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit initiated a disruption of the Jenxcus and Bladabindi malware families. These families are believed to have been created by individuals Naser Al Mutairi, aka njQ8, and Mohamed Benabdellah, aka Houdini. These actions are the first steps to…


Coordinated malware eradication nears launch

​Good news: the coordinated malware eradication preparations are almost done.  We have held several roundtable meetings at industry events around the world, and the last two are scheduled for June and July. We had insightful conversations with a diverse group of experts from across the antimalware industry. The ideas have converged into a shared vision…


Creating an intelligent “sandbox” for coordinated malware eradication

​Hello from China where I am presenting on coordinated malware eradication at the 2014 PC Security Labs Information Security Conference. Coordinated malware eradication was also the topic of my last blog. I said the antimalware ecosystem must begin to work with new types of partners if we are going to move from the current state…


Coordinated malware eradication

Today, as an industry, we are very effective at disrupting malware families, but those disruptions rarely eradicate them. Instead, the malware families linger on, rearing up again and again to wreak havoc on our customers. To change the game, we need to change the way we work. It is counterproductive when you think about it….