Digging deep for PLATINUM

This blog introduces our latest report from the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Hunting team. You can read the full report at: PLATINUM: Targeted attacks in South and Southeast Asia There is no shortage of headlines about cybercriminals launching large-scale attacks against organizations. For us, the activity groups that pose the most danger are the ones…

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Microsoft Malware Protection Center assists in disrupting Ramnit

Recent disruption of the Ramnit malware family was successful due to a multinational collaboration, led by Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3), in partnership with Financial Services and Information Sharing & Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), Symantec, AnubisNetworks, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), and the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC). The MMPC has been closely monitoring Ramnit since…

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MAPS in the cloud: How can it help your enterprise?

Malware can easily send a huge enterprise infrastructure into a tailspin. However, you can get greater protection from malware by using services in the cloud. Yes, there’s an opportunity to get real-time results from suspicious malware triggers where your system can: Consult the cloud upon detecting suspicious malware behaviors. Respond by blocking malware based on derived…

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Facebook offers Microsoft Security Essentials as a security solution

We’re very excited to announce that Microsoft has teamed up with Facebook to offer Windows users free malware protection with Microsoft Security Essentials. Since May 1st, Facebook users have had the choice of downloading and installing Microsoft Security Essentials as their security solution. While there are numerous threats on the Internet, and while there are many…

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Are you beta testing malware?

This post is part one of two. Popular games are often used by malware writers as social engineering bait as documented in previous blogs (“Dota Players Own3d” and “Keeping Kerrigan From Infection“). So, with a watchful eye for anything related to games used as an infection vector, we came across a couple of interesting files:…

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Microsoft Security Essentials beta registration opens

Today we announce that the Beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials is open for registration.   Do you want to try out our latest innovations in protection and performance? Are you interested in helping to improve Security Essentials?   The number of users than can participate in the Beta is limited, so…

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Mobile threats on the desktop

The MMPC has been routinely monitoring threats (via the desktop) that affect different mobile platforms such as Symbian, Java ME, Android, RIM, iOS and Windows Mobile. One of the increasingly common ways we see mobile devices being compromised is by allowing the user to download and install applications independently. This is because the consumer cannot…

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New: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 11- Now Available

Hi, again everyone! Today we released the 11th volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, also known as SIRv11.   I have to say once again we’ve outdone ourselves and launched the largest and most comprehensive version of this report to date. This time it’s over 800 pages of threat intelligence spanning 100+ countries and regions…

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MSRT June Release, taking care of a few worm families

In this month’s MSRT release, we added three new threat families to the detection capability. One of these three is Win32/Nuqel, which has been around for four years since its first variant was found. More than 60 variants of Win32/Nuqel have been identified in the wild. This worm spreads itself via network shares, removable drives…

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Presenting… the Microsoft Safety Scanner

We have just released a new tool called Microsoft Safety Scanner to help you diagnose if your computer is infected and clean it if possible. It is available from www.microsoft.com/security/scanner. The old online safety scanner from safety.live.com also now points to www.microsoft.com/security/scanner So what is Microsoft Safety Scanner? It is a standalone, easy-to-use scanner, packaged…

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