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Tools are designed to make IT Professionals’ and Developers’ lives easier. A good tool can save a lot of work and time for those people responsible for developing and managing software. I thought I’d write a series of articles dedicated to highlighting some of the most useful free security-related tools Microsoft offers.
Over the years I developed several networking and security support tools that became popular with IT Professionals. Some of these tools were released in various Resource Kits and Support Tools offerings included with some versions of Windows operating systems. These tools include DNSLint, Portqry, NBLookup, and many others.
Today we released the fourth annual Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) Progress Report. This report highlights advancements in various Microsoft information sharing initiatives that foster deeper industry collaboration, increase community-based defenses, and better protect customers.
Recently I wrote a three part series of articles (part 1, part 2, part 3) on the evolving threat landscape in the European Union. As I wrote in these articles, there has been a steep rise in the malware infection rates in some European countries that typically have some of the lowest malware infection rates in the world: Austria, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Four specific families of threats contributed to the steep rise in the malware infection rates in these locations: Win32/EyeStye, Win32/Zbot (also known as Zeus), Win32/Keygen, and Blacole.
According to data we recently published in the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 12 (SIRv12), drive-by download attacks continue to be a favorite tactic used by many attackers attempting to compromise large numbers of systems around the world. I have written about drive-by download attacks in the past (What You Should Know About Drive-By Download Attacks part 1, part 2) and the need to keep all software up-to-date in an effort to mitigate this type of attack.