Application security, Network Security

Microsoft detects 400 percent ransomware increase

Devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Upgrade are 58 percent less likely to become infected with ransomware than machines that use Windows 7, according to a new report from Microsoft.

Windows Defender, the antivirus suite included in Windows 10 detected a 400 percent increase in the number of ransomware encounters from December 2005 to July 2016, the report stated.

Microsoft said its data intelligence tools blocked on average 200,000 exploit kit attempts per day during the last six months.

The software maker hardened the Microsoft Edge browser, blocking email attachments as a ransomware distribution method, and making use of machine learning to identify and block malware.

Windows enterprise and security group's director of program management Rob Lefferts wrote in a Microsoft blog post that Windows 10 “locked down Microsoft Edge so that an exploit running in the browser cannot execute another program.”

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