Attacks Aimed at Personal Data Soar

Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool detected 150 percent more phishing scams in early 2007, according to a Microsoft report.

During the first half of 2007, Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool detected 31.6 million phishing scams–an increase of more than 150 percent over the previous six months and tracked a 500 percent increase in Trojan downloaders and droppers, according to the company’s latest Security Intelligence Report.

The report, produced every six months, this time around found far more attacks that are focused on stealing personal information, including Trojan downloaders and droppers –malicious code that installs Trojans, password stealers, keyboard loggers and/or other malware on victims’ systems.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2205375,00.asp

Note:  To view the complete report… download the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4EDE2572-1D39-46EA-94C6-4851750A2CB0&displaylang=en

More info at their Malware Portal: http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/SIR.aspx

Also: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (January – June 2007) is Now Available

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