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Microsoft security intelligence report March 7, 2010

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The MS intelligence report is a fascinating look at the origins of malware.   If I’m reading the data right, it shows that Canada is top in hosting phishers, China and Russia boast high numbers in malware and sources for infection, and the US is the leader in SPAM.  The summary report also displays a graph on OS infections for Windows 32 bit systems.  Not surprisingly, Windows XP is in the top ranks while Vista SP1 stays low to the grass.  Yeah Vista and the UAC!!

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off topic: malware that looks like Microsoft Security Essentials February 27, 2010

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Caution: malware prowling around, posing as MSE. 

More information from here on the MS malware blog.

for trainers: office security February 18, 2010

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Not much in the way of news this week for certification so I’m posting a few things of interest to me (and maybe to you).  If you’re a fellow trainer and have ever wanted to demonstrate the effects of macro security in Microsoft Office, then this walkthrough here might be of interest.

off topic: DOS has a bug! (but not for long) February 5, 2010

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Apparently, there’s a bug in DOS that’s getting some attention after all these years!  — and yes, it affects Windows systems b/c of the NTVDM– which is a software “machine” that makes old DOS programs stand up, stretch their hands, and go “errrr– I ‘m hungry– errrrr” while limping toward you.  Here’s a link with more info.  And here’s another link just for fun.

off topic: University Hacked! January 7, 2010

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Not a good way to end the year!