Report: Conficker and AutoRun infections proliferating

Summary:According to ESET's most recently released ThreatSense Report, two of the most prevalent threats for the year of 2011 remain AutoRun infections, followed by Conficker infections.

According to ESET's most recently released ThreatSense Report, two of the most prevalent threats for the year of 2011 remain AutoRun infections, followed by Conficker infections.

ESET attributed the growth of AutoRun and Conficker infections to millions of Internet-connected pirated copies of Windows XP and Vista, not able to receive Microsoft's updates thanks to the Windows Genuine Advantage wall.

Microsoft disabled AutoRun on Windows XP and Windows Vista machines in February, 2011, leading to a significant decline in AutoRun infections, at least according to Microsoft' sensor networks.

Software piracy, indeed leads to a higher malware infection rates.

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Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, and cybercrime incident response. He's been an active security blogger since 2007, and maintains a popular security blog sharing real-time threats intelligence data with the rest of the community... Full Bio

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