This week was dominated by the war of words between Google and Microsoft over the security of Windows, as well as growing warnings over the volume of web- and email-based threats centred around the World Cup in South Africa.
The week started badly for Microsoft after an article in the Financial Times claimed that Google had made an internal decision to ditch Windows in response to perceived security issues.
The article cited statements from a number of Google employees, although the company declined to confirm or deny the story when contacted by V3.co.uk.
However, Microsoft soon hit back, arguing that "the facts don't support the assertion" in the article that Windows is known for being more vulnerable to attacks by hackers and more susceptible to computer viruses than other operating systems.
"When it comes to security, even hackers admit we're doing a better job making our products more secure than anyone else," wrote Windows comms manager Brandon LeBlanc.
"And it's not just the hackers; third-party influentials and industry leaders such as Cisco tell us regularly that our focus and investment continues to surpass others'."
Next up, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) warned that mass-market fraud campaigns are robbing UK internet users of billions of pounds a year.
UK citizens lose an estimated £3.5bn every year to mass-market fraud, according to Soca, and the scams are becoming more plausible and complex all the time.
Meanwhile, security vendors continued to warn of the growing number of World Cup scams. Unsolicited email using the tournament as a lure has risen by about 27 per cent in the past month, according to new statistics posted on Symantec's Net Threats 2010 site.
The firm's Symantec Hosted Services unit then revealed new scams being targeted at small numbers of users, using the World Cup as a lure to deliver malicious attachments containing information-stealing Trojans.
And finally, there was some dispiriting news for the white hats from Panda Security this week.
Luis Corrons, technical director at Panda Security, was one of the key figures involved in the take down of Mariposa, one of the largest botnets ever discovered. However, he told V3.co.uk that those arrested on suspicion of running the botnet are unlikely to face jail.
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