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Microsoft: Bot, Trojan Infections High; Rootkits Low

By Ryan Naraine  |  Posted 10-24-2006 Print Email

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In the first half of 2006, Redmond's security tools found more than 43,000 new variants of bots and backdoor Trojans that control Windows machines as part of for-profit botnets. Surprisingly, stealth rootkit infections are trending downward.

New statistics from Microsoft's antimalware engineering team have confirmed fears that backdoor Trojans and bots present a "significant" threat to Windows users.

However, according to data culled from the software maker's security tools, stealth rootkit infections are on the decrease, perhaps due to the addition of antirootkit capabilities in security applications.

For more on security, see Field Report: Security in the World of Web 2.0

The latest malware infection data, released at the RSA Europe conference in Nice, France, covers the first half of 2006. During that period, Microsoft found more than 43,000 new variants of bots and backdoor Trojans that control millions of hijacked Windows machines in for-profit botnets.



 

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