For those of you following my semi annual updates on what is happening in the Windows world to do with Malware and Sypware etc… the latest incarnation of the SIR has been released today: http://www.microsoft.com/security/about/sir.aspx

Thanks to the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing team in Redmond!

The report has some interesting findings from the first half of 2009..

Rate of infection by OS:

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In this case you can see the difference between the Microsoft OS’s and the number of computers cleaned by the Malicious Software Removal Toolkit.

The types of Malware removed by the Microsoft Anti Virus / Anti Malware engines:

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Interestingly enough, it seems that the Phishing activities have increased:

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Although there are some interesting changes in the institutions / sites being targeted. I am not surprised to see the jump in social networking sites. I am sure you have all seen the many reports suggesting this recently…

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It seems that the number of vulns across the industry in trending down…

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However, we still very much need to keep an eye on the 3rd party applications on our systems…

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The above is a small sampling of the data, I will suggest you go and read the full report, but I will leave you with one final thought…

For those of you wondering what is causing the Security breach incidents.. it is still lost and stolen devices well ahead of hackers.

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don’t forget to destroy your old data be it in electronic form or printed…