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  • Blog Post: Conquering the Coreflood botnet

    The FBI and U.S. Department of Justice announced an operation to take down the Coreflood botnet. The term bot is short for robot. Criminals distribute malicious software (also known as malware) that can turn your computer into a bot (also known as a zombie). When this occurs, your computer can perform...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft helps defeat Rustock botnet

    Microsoft, in cooperation with industry and academic partners, has taken down the Rustock botnet, a notorious source of spam, fraud, and cybercrime. The Rustock botnet is a network of infected computers controlled by cybercriminals and used for a variety of illegal activities. The owners of the...
  • Blog Post: Going online at the airport? Avoid “Free Public WiFi” rogue

    'Tis the season for airline travel. If you've ever tried to connect to a wireless network at an airport, coffee shop, or other public place you might have seen a network called "Free Public WiFi" and you've probably been tempted to try it. Don't. If you're using Windows XP and you haven't installed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft security chief on the future of protecting PCs

    We can increase collective computer security by taking cues from the healthcare industry, argues Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing. Charney outlined this position in a recently published paper entitled Collective Defense: Applying Public Health Models to the...
  • Blog Post: Botnets: Are you protected?

    This year one of the main focuses of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is the increasing risk of computer botnets and other types of malicious software (also known as malware). Microsoft is fighting the war against botnets on both the technological and the legal fronts. To learn more about...
  • Blog Post: Beware of malware disguised as holiday greetings

    The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC ) recently noted the inevitable increase in holiday-themed viruses and worms. There's not much new about this malware: You get an e-mail or instant message that promises a greeting, holiday image, or music. If you click the message, your computer...
  • Blog Post: Halloween's long gone, but not the zombies

    The New York Times recently posted an article about a team at Microsoft that works in a "windowless room" investigating how programs skulk around the Internet turning computers into zombies. We thought this sounded a little scarier than it really is, and that a little more detail might help. ...
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