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Software behemoth Microsoft appears to have finally reacted to the goading of British security expert Kevin Beaumont over the fact that the company plays host to malware on its OneDrive and Office365 platforms.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday evening AEDT, Beaumont, a former Microsoft threat researcher, said he had good news.

"...after years OneDrive is finally hosting no malware listed on @abuse_ch, and for the first time in history Microsoft have fallen off the top 10 malware hosters," he wrote.

"All the Bazaloader, BazaISO and Qakbot TR payloads are gone. Keep it up MS. Customers are safer."

As iTWire reported on Tuesday, Beaumont had put out tweets showing that Microsoft was hosting ransomware on its own properties.

This came after Beaumont criticised the company on Sunday for its casual attitude towards removing malware from its platforms like OneDrive and Office365.

The security firm Palo Alto Networks describes BazarLoader this way, "...(sometimes referred to as BazaLoader) [it] is malware that provides backdoor access to an infected Windows host.

"After a client is infected, criminals use this backdoor access to send follow-up malware, scan the environment and exploit other vulnerable hosts on the network."

An overwhelming majority of ransomware attacks only Windows, with an analysis by staff of the Google-owned VirusTotal database last Thursday showing that 95% of 80 million samples analysed — all the way back to January 2020 — were aimed at Windows.

VirusTotal is a site where security researchers can submit any ransomware they find and have it scanned by anti-virus engines to see if it can be identified.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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