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November 3, 2008 at 10:02 AM

More on Microsoft’s security report: Malware infections highest in developing economies

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Malware infections as measured by Microsoft are worst in many developing economies, such as Brazil and North Africa. This map shows infection rates measured as the number of computers cleaned per thousand uses of the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool.

The information comes from Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report, released today. Find more details from the report in this story from today’s paper.

Brazil’s computers are plagued by “password stealers and monitoring tools,” representing about 60 percent of the malware cleaned from machines there. In the United States, by comparison, “trojan downloaders and droppers” were the leading category, representing close to 50 percent of malware.

China, meanwhile, faces malware aimed specifically at the Chinese-language market, including “pop-up advertisement toolbars” and “browser modifiers.” “Many of the most common families in China are Chinese-language threats that don’t appear in the list of top threats for any other location,” according to Microsoft’s report.

You can access the whole report here. Also check out coverage from ZDNet (focuses on third-party app vulnerability) and The New York Times.

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