Posted by: Tim Rains, Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications

 

One of the most interesting aspects of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is data on how regional malware infection rates change over time. This data helps us and our customers understand the tactics and strategies that attackers are using to compromise systems, steal identities and confidential data. Subsequently this intelligence helps our customers optimize their defenses. 

The mix of tactics and strategies changes over time and can be very different from region to region. In the latest volume of the Security Intelligence Report,volume 11, we reported the largest infection rate figure ever reported in the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report; Qatar is 50.5 points higher than the worldwide infection rate average.

What’s going on in Qatar is an interesting story. Worms make up over 40% of the threats there. I have a posted a full analysis in an article called The Curious Case of Qatar. It includes some commentary from the Department Manager of the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Qatar, as well as from Microsoft’s Chief Security Advisor for the Gulf region. It also includes guidance that everyone can use to protect themselves from the tactics and strategies the attackers are using to be successful.