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Unbeknowst to you, your computer could be a double agent, committing cybercrime as part of a internet-connected botnet. Over 2.2 million American PCs are part of some botnet, according to Microsoft.  (Source: Ubisoft)
U.S. leads the world in botnet virus infection rates

According to a new 240-page security report from Microsoft dubbed the Security Intelligence Report, America is among the most infected countries in the world when it comes to botnets.  The report uses information collected in the first half of 2010 via the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Over 2.2 million PCs in the U.S. are infected with a virus that makes them part of one of the internet's massive botnets.  The term "botnet" refers to a group of connected computers that can be used for ill purposes such as spamming, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and mass credit card fraud.

Brazil came in second place for most infected computers, with 550,000 botnet-infected PCs.  Per computer population, though South Korea had the highest rate (though its total number of infected machines is lower than that of the U.S. or Brazil).  In South Korea 14.6 out of 1,000 PCs are in a botnet, versus 5.2 computers out of 1,000 in the U.S.

Cliff Evans, head of security and identity at Microsoft UK, comments to 
BBC News, "Most people have this idea of a virus and how it used to announce itself.  Few people know about botnets."

Fewer people perhaps know about Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool (MRT).  MRT has been is a free tool Microsoft includes with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.  First released in 2005, the tool is easy to run -- just go to "Start", type "run" in the search bar, and then type "mrt" (case insensitive) in the resulting popup.  The tool will then activate and be ready to scan your computer and remove many common types of malware.

Perhaps if everyone learns how to use the MRT, America can escape earning the dubious distinction of being the world's biggest botnet participant in 2011.  Given the general public's ignorance of security, that seems unlikely, though.

Despite the difficulty in getting the public to practice proper security, Microsoft is taking steps to try to win the war against botnet masters on its own.  The company recently seized control over 276 internet domains that were being used by botnet owners.  And it has beefed up the securityof its most recent operating system, Windows 7, making it harder to infect new PCs.



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New Concept?
By Beenthere on 10/14/2010 1:28:23 PM , Rating: -1
Maybe Microsucks should actually build a secure, bug free O/S before they sell it to consumers for billions of dollars per year? Then they would have time to address any new security vulnerabilities instead of investing most of their time creating patches for a defective O/S.

What a concept that will never happen as long as Microsucks can sell defective goods for BILLIONS annually.




RE: New Concept?
By CK804 on 10/14/2010 1:55:09 PM , Rating: 3
Welcome back, Beenthere! I've missed ya!


RE: New Concept?
By Camikazi on 10/14/2010 4:16:28 PM , Rating: 1
Name one program that has NEVER had bugs or problems?


RE: New Concept?
By drycrust3 on 10/15/2010 4:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
Hello World.


RE: New Concept?
By MindParadox on 10/15/2010 1:53:37 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Maybe Microsucks should actually build a secure, bug free O/S before they sell it to consumers for billions of dollars per year? Then they would have time to address any new security vulnerabilities instead of investing most of their time creating patches for a defective O/S. What a concept that will never happen as long as Microsucks can sell defective goods for BILLIONS annually.


like i said in a previous post, if you are willing to pay on average 20k per line of code for bug free software, then you go right ahead, personally, thats a bit out of my budget for an operating system

(note, to be completely bug free the code has to be written for an extremely specific set of hardware, IE, you have the exact serial/bin/factory numbers as well as lot numbers for each and every part, and you know that as soon as that code is started you can never upgrade your hardware on that system again without basically completely rewriting the entire OS/software package to compensate for the new hardware)

NASA does this, so do companies running the bigger supercomputers, airplane software packages, things like that

just in case yer math fails you, that would be BILLIONS for an operating system


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