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Detecting threat actors in recent German industrial attacks with Windows Defender ATP

When a Germany-based industrial conglomerate disclosed in December 2016 that it was breached early that year, the breach was revealed to be a professionally run industrial espionage attack. According to the German press, the intruders used the Winnti family of malware as their main implant, giving them persistent access to the conglomerate’s network as early...

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No slowdown in Cerber ransomware activity as 2016 draws to a close

The trend towards increasingly sophisticated malware behavior, highlighted by the use of exploits and other attack vectors, makes older platforms so much more susceptible to ransomware attacks. From June to November 2017, Windows 7 devices were 3.4 times more likely to encounter ransomware compared to Windows 10 devices. Read our latest report: A worthy upgrade:...

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Are Viruses Making a Comeback?

In the six or seven years that we have been publishing the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) I have seen many trends emerge over time.  The threat landscape is constantly changing as attackers try to find methods that will help them compromise the systems they target.  For several years viruses (file infectors) seemed to be...

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On The Origins of Malware: Are Malware Hosting Sites in Your State or Region?

Systems that host and distribute malware are located all over the world.  These systems have typically been compromised and are being used for illicit purposes unbeknownst to the administrators of the systems.  These compromised machines can be personal computers located in homes and small businesses, as well as servers in data centers.  Some background informationTo...

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The Threat Landscape in Asia & Oceania – Part 4: Australia and New Zealand

In the first three parts of this series on the threat landscape in Asia and Oceania I examined threats in Vietnam and India (highest malware infection rates in the region), Japan and Korea (very interesting juxtaposition), and Malaysia and Singapore (malware infection rates trending lower).  This final part of the series is on threats found...

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