The Botnet Superhighway

The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) dedicates a whole section to botnets and the role they play in today’s world of malware, and for good reason – the pathways of the malware world are quickly merging into a botnet superhighway, a new conduit used for many nefarious purposes. If you compare the worldwide infection…

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Have you checked the Java?

Whilst working on our normal data pull and analysis for the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (v9 – released last week), I embarked on a mini discovery mission on the exploit data that MMPC detects with our antimalware technology.  Although the main focus of antimalware software is on traditional malware families, antimalware technologies can do a…

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An Early Look at the Impact of MSRT on Zbot

As those who follow our blog already know, we added Win32/Zbot to MSRT this month.  This is a complex threat with techniques employed to make removal by AV challenging and which necessitated advances in the technology we use.  The threat is aimed at theft of credentials (often financial) and, according to the FBI, part of…

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Announcing Microsoft Security Intelligence Report version 9

Today, the 9th edition of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report was released as Adrienne Hall, General Manager of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Communications, gave her keynote at RSA Europe.   This time around, we’ve done a few things differently.  First off – we’ve dedicated this particular volume to the study of botnets and the role that…

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