Windows 8 vulnerable to 15% of most popular malware
Posted on 16.11.2012
As users start to (very) slowly adopt the newly released Windows 8, researchers are intent on finding out whether the new OS version is more secure than the previous ones.

A few days ago, Symantec has shared that although they have detected only one particular variant of Windows 7 ransomware that can affect computers running Windows 8, they do not doubt that malware targeting that particular environment will soon start popping up.

Bitdefender researchers have also taken it upon themselves to check out how Windows 8 and its new security features fare against these "old" threats, and the results are not encouraging.

They tested 385 of the most popular malware against two computers both installed with Windows 8, but one with Windows Defender activated and the other not.

In the first case, they managed to infect the machine with 61 malware samples, while one sample bypassed Windows Defender and failed to execute, while another was effectively blocked from delivering the payload by User Account Control.

The second computer presented less of a challenge: with no help from Windows Defender, the machine was infected with 234 samples!

"Another 138 samples could not be started on the machine on various reasons, six e-threats executed but then crashed, and seven others launched but had their payload was blocked by UAC," the researchers noted.

It seems that Windows Defender does quite a job, but users obviously shouldn't rely just on it to keep them protected.


Chrome extension thwarts user profiling based on typing behavior

Infosec consultant Paul Moore came up with a working solution to thwart a type of behavioral profiling. The result is a Chrome extension called Keyboard Privacy, which prevents profiling of users by the way they type by randomizing the rate at which characters reach the DOM.

Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.

Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.

Wed, Jul 29th