Beware of deceptive downloads

The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) analyzes online threats using data from Internet services and over 600 million computers worldwide. Volume 13 of the SIR is now available and focuses on vulnerability disclosures from the first and second quarters of 2012.

A featured article, Deceptive Downloads: Software, Music, and Movies, highlights a growing trend of malware infection associated with unsecure supply chains, including legitimate sites that make shareware and music available for public downloads.

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    is this legit?

    Follow the link below to verify your email address.

    This link will only work once.

    If you cannot use the link, copy and paste the link into a browser.

    Once you have followed the link, you should delete this temporary message, which is used only to verify your email address.

    Keep the original encrypted message for access in the future.


    This process was initiated on October 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM PDT for:

  2. Anonymous


    I've been receiving calls the last few days from someone identifying themselves as from the support department of Microsoft Windows.  The person says that my computer has sent a message saying there are threats that they can remove from my computer if I allow them to walk me through a series of steps.  It sounds like a scan to me.  Can you advise me on this?  Thanks for your help.

  3. Anonymous

    please check into this information about skype hackers on the you tube videos

    i understand that microsoft bought of these videos was 2months ago

  4. Anonymous

    Dear Windows User,

    Is this for real????  see below….

    It has come to our attention that your Microsoft windows Installation records are out of date. Every Windows installation has to be tied to an email account for daily update.

    This requires you to verify the Email Account. Failure to verify your records will result in account suspension. Click on the Verify button below and enter your login information on the following page to Confirm your records.


    Thank you,

    Microsoft Windows Team.

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