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Report: Concerns focus on flaws, not viruses
Published: 2006-11-20

Antivirus firm Kaspersky released its third-quarter security analysis on Monday finding that software vulnerabilities, especially in Microsoft Office, have become its main worry.

In the report covering July, August and September, the company noted that the Internet did not suffer a major worm or virus epidemic, as it did in previous years. While virus writers appear to be disappearing, malicious programs that take advantage of flaws in Microsoft Office seem to be on the rise, Alexander Gostev, senior virus analyst at Kaspersky Lab, wrote in the analysis.

"From March onwards, we were barely able to keep up with the flood of vulnerabilities being detected in Microsoft Office products," Gostev wrote. "Word, Excel and PowerPoint all came under fire from the black hats."

The report also focused on the potential for attacker to build on recent Wi-Fi vulnerabilities and the increasing, albeit slowly, trend in instant messaging and cell-phone malware.

Posted by: Robert Lemos
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