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Jan 31 2010   8:38AM GMT

Understatement Fail: “Windows 7 May Face Attacks in 2010”

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

It ranks up there in prescience with predictions like “Yankees will play baseball in 2010”, or “Families will eat dinner in 2010”, or “The Republicans will put special interests and big business contributors ahead of what is best for the country or the constituents they represent in 2010”. You get the idea.

Of course Windows 7 will face attacks in 2010.

Windows 7 is the most secure desktop operating system yet created–at least by Microsoft. It is significant quantum leap more secure than Windows XP, which still claims the majority of the desktop market share.

That said, Windows 7 is also the fastest-selling operating system to date–at least by Microsoft. It is the flagship operating system of Microsoft and it that, by default, paints a bullseye on its back.

Granted, attackers will also be focusing more on low-hanging fruit like Adobe, or on cross-platform attacks like Web-based exploits, but Microsoft holds a dominant share of the desktop, office productivity, and Web browser markets so attackers in search of the largest possible pool of victims will always look to exploit flaws in Microsoft software.

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