Microsoft plans to issue a report Nov. 3 with some mixed news on computer security, reports the New York Times: The security of its Windows operating system has significantly improved, while at the same time the threat of computer viruses, frauds, and other online scourges has become much more serious. The company blames organized crime, naive users, and its competitors for the deteriorating situation. In the latest edition of its twice-a-year "Security Intelligence Report," Microsoft said the amount of malicious or potentially harmful software removed from Windows computers grew by 43 percent during the first half of 2008. The company...

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