15:30 CET on the 21st June 2011 Entry written by Maria Eriksen Jensen.
I recently read this interesting report by Microsoft on software vulnerabilities and exploits, malicious code threats, and potentially unwanted software. I thought that you might also find it interesting.
The key findings of the report are based on detailed analysis of trends found in 117 countries/regions worldwide over the last few years, focusing on 2010. Microsoft’s perspective on vulnerability disclosure is that “Vulnerabilities in applications versus operating systems or web browsers continued to account for a large majority of all vulnerabilities in 2010.”
The report also presents a concise summary of findings regarding document exploits, operating system infection rates, threat families, home and enterprise threats, e-mail threats, spam types, and malicious websites.
To access the Microsoft Key Findings Report (Volume 10), click here.
Maria Eriksen Jensen VP Marketing & Business Development
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Score: 408 Posts: 1,335 User Since: 26th Feb 2009 System Score: 100% Location: UK Last edited on 25th Jun, 2011 11:56
My PC ability doesn't fall easily into either of the middle two levels of the four categories - certainly not 'Novice' nor 'Expert'. I'm possibly be B(basic)+!
Nevertheless, I was able to understand much of this report so well done Microsoft for the 'plain english'.
And their emphasis on the fact that vulnerabilities in applications (rather than browsers or OS) account for most of the problems is yet another pat on the back for Secunia.
Having neither the knowledge nor the time to keep on top of every PC issue, I totally rely on Secunia (and to a lesser extent other companies) to ensure that I can sleep safely at night re security protection.
Thanks again Secunia! :0)
-- taffy078, West Yorkshire, UK
Desktop: Compaq Presario (OEM) 32 bit / AMD Athlon / 2 GB RAM
XP Home - SP3/ IE8/ Norton IS - Secunia PSI v188.8.131.5203
Score: 408 Posts: 1,335 User Since: 26th Feb 2009 System Score: 100% Location: UK
Whilst on this subject, I see that Microsoft have recently warned about the scammers' latest method of attack - phoning people and pretending that they are from Microsoft Tech Support.
According to the guys at PCPitstop, the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Team did a survey of one involved area and discovered that out of 7000 people, more than 1,000 had received this type of call. Of the 1,000, 234 fell for the scam and followed the instructions. Of those, 184 actually lost money to the crooks.
I certainly wouldn't fall for it but it seems many do.