Upatre: Emerging Up(d)at(er) in the wild

The MMPC is constantly monitoring emerging threats that are impacting our customers the most. Recently, we started seeing Win32/Upatre being distributed in the wild. This chart shows how this threat has impacted customer machines in just about two months. Figure 1: Monthly telemetry data on Win32/Upatre downloader   As we see in this next chart,…

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System Center User Group: Netherlands – Update & Announcement

Greatness of a small country: Client, Data, and Cloud Management Today the System Center User Group Netherlands is proud to announce their new website with a wink to the past Dutch Clouds (painted by Dutch famous painters 1400-1600 century) and future cloud developments. The renewed website is part of a range of new initiatives to…

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New infection rate data for unprotected computers

​In the previous Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, SIRv14, we introduced a new metric to measure the infection rate for computers protected with real-time antimalware software (protected computers) in comparison to computers that were not protected with up-to-date security software (unprotected computers).  Using this new data, we wrote a feature story about the risks of running…

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Service Manager 2012 R2 – Fixes included

Thomas Ellermann posted a great breakdown on the updates in R2 for Service Manager 2012. The focus in R2 for Service Manager was to tackle some of the critical customer and MVP collected bugs. Service Managers R2 release saw no major performance improvements but we are targeting Console and Portal performance in the next update…

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Infection rates and end of support for Windows XP

In the newly released Volume 15 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv15), one of the key findings to surface relates to new insight on the Windows XP operating system as it inches toward end of support on April 8, 2014. In this post we want to highlight our Windows XP analysis and examine what the data says…

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New Security Intelligence Report, new data, new perspectives

Today, Microsoft released volume 15 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv15). The report analyzes malware, exploits and more based on data from more than a billion systems worldwide and some of the Internet’s busiest online services. During the past year, as we were planning this volume of the Security Intelligence Report, and as we considered…

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Update: RAMMap v1.31

RAMMap v1.31: This update fixes a bug in v1.30 that caused RAMMap to fail on Windows 8.

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Some thoughts about System Center 2012 R2

As I’m sure everyone is aware, last week we released System Center 2012 R2. With this new release, I thought it would be a good idea to call attention to a great article written by Steve Bucci, one of our top Senior Support Escalation Engineers here on our System Center team. He wrote the article…

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Our protection metrics – September results

Earlier this year, we started publishing a new set of metrics on our portal – An evaluation of our protection performance and capabilities. These metrics show month over month how we do in three areas: coverage, quality, and customer experience in protecting our customers. And, since we started to publish the results on this page,…

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Introduction: Chris Betz, new head of MSRC

By way of introduction, I am Chris Betz, the leader of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). I’m stepping in to fill the shoes of Mike Reavey, who has moved on to become the General Manager of Secure Operations, still within Trustworthy Computing. Since joining the MSRC, I’ve spent time immersed in learning the business,…

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