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Microsoft: malware threats up 43 percent

Posted on Monday, November 10 2008 @ 08:00:05 CET by

Microsoft unveils the amount of malware it found on computers rose 43 percent in the first half of the year:
The amount of so-called malware and other unwanted software found on computers rose 43% in the first half of the year, the company said Monday. More than 90% of the vulnerabilities affected applications, while only about 10% impacted operating systems, according to Microsoft, which released the data in its Security Intelligence Report.

The report "gives us a chance to share our extensive analysis of the threat landscape and related guidance with our customers, partners, and the broader industry," said Vinny Gulloto, general manager for Microsoft's Malware Protection Center, in a statement. "We are also committed to applying the data and intelligence from the report to our research and response efforts to provide customers with increased protection and services," said Gulloto.

The report also showed that trojan downloaders and "high-severity vulnerabilities" are on the rise as well. Most hackers are motivated by financial gain, Microsoft said.



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