Microsoft Cautions against Shared Drives, Web Resources

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Microsoft Cautions against Shared Drives, Web Resources


Unless enterprises automatically update their software regularly and establish policies that determine who in their organization can share network resources and use removable storage media such as USB flash and external hard drives, worms, malware and other security threats will continue to be prevalent and wreak havoc on their operations.This was the gist of a report presented by Jose Campos, Director for Trustworthy Computing of Microsoft during a recent press briefing on the subject in Singapore. Together with Ed Quek, Regional Manager for Next Web of Microsoft Asia-Pacific, Campos discussed the latest findings of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 7 covering the first half of 2009.“The most significant trend during this period was the large increase in worm infections detected in many countries and regions worldwide,” Campos notes.“Despite the global nature of the Internet, there are significant differences in the types of threats that affect users in different parts of the world. In the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy, trojans were the largest single category of threat. In China, several language-specific browser-based threats were prevalent. In Brazil, malware targeting online banking was widespread. And in Spain and Korea, worms dominated, led by threats targeting online gamers.”Campos noted that the top two threats, namely Conficker and Taterf cause damage in two different ways. Conficker is a family of worms that has affected over 97,000 machines in Malaysia alone and in most cases its spread is believed to be caused by removable drives that are shared by more than one PC.Taterf, which heavily affects Korea, on the other hand, affects online gamers by attempting to steal log-in data of popular massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) and is spread through mapped drives.In his presentation, Campos also noted that while the Philippines was not among the top countries most affected by the above security threats, it does not necessarily mean that we’re not vulnerable to them. …

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