June, 2011

  • Autorun-Related Malware Declines and the June 2011 Security Bulletin Release

    Hello there. First off, I’d like to share some news regarding the updates we made to the Autorun feature in Security Advisory 967940, which we released in February 2011. The advisory made changes to how Autorun handles “non-shiny” media (eg., USB thumb drives). The change was expected to make a significant difference to infection rates by malware that uses Autorun to propagate, and we’ve been monitoring those rates ever since. The initial results are encouraging. As of...
  • June Advance Notification Service and 10 Immutable Laws Revisited

    Before we get into this month’s release, we wanted to alert you to updates to a document that’s been central to much of how Microsoft thinks about security. Ten years ago, Microsoft penned the “Ten Immutable Laws of Security,” which debuted on TechNet. It was written before the rise of – among other technologies and trends – cloud computing, social networking, widespread smartphone adoption, and Windows XP, to name but a few landmarks along the way. Did a decade...
  • Q&A from June 2011 Security Bulletin Webcast

    Hello, Today we published the June Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We fielded fifteen questions on various topics during the webcast, including bulletins released and the Malicious Software Removal Tool. There were two questions during the webcast that we were unable to answer, and we have included those questions and answers on the Q&A page. We invite our customers to join us for the next public webcast on Wednesday, July 13th at 11am PDT (-8 UTC), when we will...