Microsoft has released a document titled Malware Research and Response at Microsoft and it’s available for download at the Microsoft Download Centre. This document is for informational purposes only.
This paper discusses the evolving nature of malware and introduces the team of antimalware researchers in the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC), which helps keep computers and systems free of malicious and potentially unwanted software around the world.
Research and development work at the MMPC supports a wide range of Microsoft products and services that run on more than 600 million computer systems worldwide every month. Analyzing data from those systems provides a high level of insight and enables the MMPC to quickly and effectively respond to malware outbreaks wherever and whenever they occur.
Malware (malicious software) is software that has been designed to damage a user’s computer, a server, or a network; or to cause harm to computer users by stealing personal or otherwise sensitive information, defrauding the user through various scams, and other nefarious business. Worms, trojan horses, viruses, and rogue security software are some of the most prevalent types of malware.
Malware began in the 1980s with programs like the Brain boot-sector virus in 1986 and the Internet-distributed Morris worm in 1988. These viruses were designed mostly to create havoc for users.