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Malware infections tripled in late 2013, Microsoft finds

Jeremy Kirk | May 8, 2014
A three-fold increase in Microsoft Windows computers infected with malicious software in late 2013 came from an application that was for some time classified as harmless by security companies.

The latest report does not include data on the zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that Microsoft released an emergency patch for on Monday. The flaw, which affects IE 6 through IE 11, could allow attackers to execute code remotely on a compromised computer if the user views an infected web page using the browser.

Rains said "time will tell" if its next report shows a rise in infections due to the bug. But Microsoft believes the quick release of a patch and fact users have to be lured to a malicious website mitigates the risk.

"I don't think we will see an uptick [in infections] given the quick response and the type of vulnerability that is," Rains said.

 

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