Posted by: Tony Bradley
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Microsoft recently released Microsoft Security Intelligence Report v10. The report aggregates relevant computer and network security data from more than 600 million PCs across 117 countries–providing a comprehensive look at the threat landscape.
A Microsoft On The Issues blog posts describes some of the key findings of Microsoft SIR v10:
· Rogue Security Software – Rogue security software was detected and blocked on almost 19 million systems in 2010, and the top five families were responsible for approximately 13 million of these detections.
· Phishing – Phishing using social networking as the lure increased 1,200 percent – from a low of 8.3 percent of all phishing in January to a high of 84.5 percent in December 2010. Phishing that targeted online gaming sites reached a high of 16.7 percent of all phishing in June.
· Adware – Global detections of adware when surfing websites increased 70 percent from the second quarter to the fourth quarter of 2010. This increase was almost completely caused by the detection of a pair of new Adware families, JS/Pornpop and Win32/ClickPotato, which are the two most prevalent malware in many countries.
A rapidly increasing number of Mac users are learning just how pervasive the rogue AV threat is as well. Mac Defender has been plaguing Mac OS X to the extent that Apple finally had to admit it is an issue and commit to delivering a fix for Macs to detect and prevent the threat.