Microsoft: Competing AV vendors need to remember who the bad guys are
AV vendors, in fierce competition for users, should remember that cooperation is key in fighting malware, a top Microsoft security official said Friday.
Data sharing between vendors has resulted in a drop in the overall number of malware families affecting computers, said Dennis Batchelder, director of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, at a conference of the Association of Antivirus Asia Researchers in Sydney.
The numbers of computers encountering one of those top 20 families of malware have dropped from 24 million a month to 13 million a month over the last two years, he said.
Batchelder said the data covers broad-spectrum malware and not mobile threats or so-called “advanced persistent threats,” a label usually attached to more sophisticated, targeted attacks.