Microsoft security intelligence report

Microsoft Report Examines Socio-Economic Relationships to Malware Infections

Tired of all those malware and vulnerability reports that count how many of each have been reported to security companies? Well, Microsoft has taken a different tack in its latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR) by globally comparing regions’ relative security against socio-economic factors including the maturity of a national or regional cybersecurity policy.The results aren’t so surprising; areas such as Europe with well-defined, long-standing and enforceable policies rate much better than less developed nations where crime per capita is higher, there’s less broadband penetration and a higher rate of piracy.

Microsoft Report Exposes Malware Families Attacking Supply Chain

Less than a month after the Nitol botnet takedown, Microsoft has released data casting more scrutiny of supply chain security. In its latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR) for the first half of 2012, Microsoft has connected the most prevalent malware families involved in supply chain compromises, including malicious add-ons pre-installed on PCs by manufacturers, as well as pirated software available on peer-to-peer networks, and music and movie downloads.

Microsoft has a new way of determining the geolocation of systems infected with malware, and it had subtle but relevant effects on the 11th volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. It’s a novel concept, instead of relying on an administrator-specified setting that anyone with hands and a mouse can change, they are now relying on IP addresses.

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