By Robert McMillan
IDG news service
23 June 2008
Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool - a program that removes
malware from Windows machines - detected password-stealing software from
more than 2 million PCs in the first week after it was updated.
One password stealer, called Taterf, alone was detected on 700,000
computers in the first day after the update. That's twice as many
infections as were spotted during the entire month after Microsoft began
detecting the notorious Storm Worm malware last September.
"These are ridiculous numbers of infections my friends, absolutely
mind-boggling," said Matt McCormack, from Microsoft's Malware Response
Between 10 June and 17 June, Microsoft removed Taterf from about 1.3
million machines, he said.
Microsoft's September detections seriously hobbled the Storm Worm
botnet, once considered a top Internet threat.
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