Worms rise as enterprise security threat

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Worms rise as enterprise security threat

Microscope contributor

Worms remain a serious problem for users along with rogue security software as users try to battle it out against the threats that litter the web.

According to the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report there has been an explosion in the number of enterprise worm infections, up 100% in the first half of 2009 compared to the last six months of 2008.

The Conficker worm was the top detected in the enterprise space along with Taterf, which targets users in multiplayer online games.

That has been coupled with problems with rogue security software, which although dipping by 20% as a problem compared to the previous year still remains a major headache for users.

The persistence of ‘scareware’ targets those users that are worried they might be at risk so inadvertently jump into the frying pan by downloading a false programme.

Vinny Gullotto, general manager of the Microsoft malware protection centre, said that “knowledge was power when it comes to security intelligence” and urged greater awareness of the current threats.


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