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Threats Update 2009

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In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in Internet users, as well as a rapid growth in the popularity of online games and social networks. All this leads to the fact that the security of your computer is the key to safe surfing online and keeping all your data safe. We all know the rules to keep ourselves safe: keep software (and OS)up to date and don’t open documents/sites we doubt. However, our irresponsibility (there is no other word for it :)) often leads to a situation when computers of our companies are attacked, our profiles in social networks are broken and logins and passwords for online games are stolen. That’s why many companies have started to analyze what’s going on in security and, as you can see, Microsoft is one of them.
Today I will tell you about the Security Intelligence Report (SIR) v.7. This report details worms, exploits, Trojans, vulnerabilities, and other potentially dangerous threats. In addition, it also reveals the geographic distribution of malware, that is, it shows which countries are the worst off in that regard. It is important to note that the report is built on data from a huge number of sources (over 450 million MSRT runs per month, checking over 1 billion messages for spam and viruses in Hotmail every day), which allows us to judge its credibility.
Threats Update 2009
As you can see from the figure above, we have red areas that reflect an unfavorable security situation in these countries. These countries are Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Brazil, for example. Russia occupies an honorable 9th place on this list (last year we were in the 2nd place from the bottom) with a score of 15.5 (the number of computers per 1000 MSRT program runs, on which the malicious code was found).West European countries were among the best, with scores of 1.9 and 2.1 for Finland and Austria, respectively. The global average is 8.7.
We would like to point out that the total number of vulnerabilities found in the first half of 2009 was down 28.4% compared to the second half of 2009. However, as you can see from the chart below, over 46% of all vulnerabilities are critical.
Threats Update 2009
I think many will be interested in the most widespread viruses of the first half of 2009 in Russia. Separately, I would like to mention the Win32/Taterf virus, which steals data from online game accounts.
1 Win32/Conficker
2 Win32/Taterf
3 Win32/Cutwail
To tell about all finds of the report within the limits of a post it is impossible, as all report occupies more than 300 pages in English. However, I would like to share useful links to various materials in this report :
http://www.microsoft.com/rus/security/sir/index.html
Watch the recording of the online broadcast
SIR v7 main outputs in Russian
Detailed SRV v7 report in English
In conclusion, I would like to tell you once again about the things we all know very well, but sometimes forget about them :
1. Regularly update all Microsoft software on your computer (you can do this by using the Microsoft Update , not just Windows Update)
2. Do not forget To update your third party software because statistically 9 out of 10 browser related vulnerabilities which were used to attack Windows Vista computers were found in third party software (Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Real Player).
3. Make sure that you Are using antivirus software. from a reliable vendor (for example : Microsoft Forefront Client Security , Microsoft Security Essentials, Kaspersky, Symantec, or any other vendor with this page ).
4. Don’t forget in a timely manner. to update antivirus software
5. Make sure that in your organization Security policies are implemented , and the infrastructure complies with the principles of echeloned security (to evaluate the security of your IT infrastructure, you can use Microsoft Security Assessment Tool )
Following the above 5 points will help greatly! secure the computers in your organization/household

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