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Microsoft Warns Of Increased Security Threats Worldwide

A recent Microsoft report has raised alarms for both private and public organisations across the globe with the revelations that cybercriminals are increasingly penetrating users’ PCs through vulnerable spots to infiltrate them with a bevy of malware content.

In its seventh biannual Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, the software maker has revealed that malware content, such as worms, Trojans, and scareware, are increasingly plaguing computers worldwide.

This report has apparently taken extensive coverage of the market, as it made use of Microsoft’s comprehensive footprint on consumer as well as corporate computers and the web.

The report incorporates data garnered from scans using the company’s Bing search engine, and info from various other applications including Live OneCare, Forefront Protection for Exchange cloud service, Malicious Software Removal Tool, and Windows Defender Products.

The report comprises of details from January through June 2009, and showed that Trojans were still the most threatening category, and that worm-related infestations had doubled during the period.

Activities related to worms have also soared considerably during the first half of the year, with the infamous ‘Conficker’, and a little less known ‘Taterf’, emerged as the major contributors, the report added.

However, UK firms are well ahead of most of their global peers in safeguarding its cyber infrastructure against malicious threats, according to the report.

“We'd recommend, in addition to automatic updates, firewalls and up-to-date anti-virus, that users never log into an account unless they're on a machine they trust, and don't download cracks or tips unless from a trusted server”, tech website quoted Cliff Evans, head of Microsoft UK, as saying.

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