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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

382,000 Spanish computers became zombies

In Europe, Spain has become the country where there is a greater number of infections of computers related to 'botnets'. It has the highest number of infections in the period between January and July 2010, when 382,000 Spanish computers became zombies, ahead of France, Britain and Germany.

Microsoft has released the ninth edition of its Security Intelligence Report (SIRv9), which shows the current proliferation of 'botnets' - malicious robots-as a platform to develop the so-called cybercrime. The latest report, covering the period from January to June 2010, includes an analysis of data from more than 600 million computers worldwide, data collected through Microsoft products and tools, among which include products Forefont security, Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Internet Explorer, Bing and Malware Removal Tool (MSRT).

Microsoft's report also reveals the geographical variations exist in the problem of botnets.

In the second quarter of 2010, the United States recorded the highest number of botnet infections (2.2 million), followed by Brazil (550,000).

In terms of higher infection rate of botnets, South Korea was the country in which there was a higher incidence (14.6 infections per 1,000 computers scanned botnet), followed by Spain (12.4) and Mexico (11, 4).

Rimecud was detected as the botnet more consistent worldwide, an increase in significant proliferation: their infections shot up 860 percent in the last three months of 2009. Second, with 70 percent fewer infections, we see the botnet called Alureon.

Between April and June 2010, Microsoft disinfected more than 6.5 million computer botnets infections, double the same period last year.

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