A U.S. court has granted Microsoft the authority to seize domain names in order to take down a phishing campaign run by a notorious group of Iranian hackers.
In a on Microsoft’s official blog, Customer Security & Trust VP Tom Burt shared details from the now it filed in the U.S. District Court for Washington D.C against the hacker group called Phosphorus. The group is also known under the names APT 35, Charming Kitten, and Ajax Security Team.
Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit was allowed to take control of 99 domains in order to stop the hackers’ attacks. Domains such as outlook-verify.net, yahoo-verify.net, and verification-live.com were being used in spear-phishing campaigns by the Iranian hackers. Read more…
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Microsoft, which owns Minecraft, appears to be distancing itself and Minecraft from its original creator, Markus “Notch” Persson.
The latest Minecraft update to hit the Java version of the game removed a couple of references to Notch that would sometimes appear on the game’s home screen next to the title. Twitter user decrepitlab pointed these changes out on Wednesday. While we don’t know for sure why exactly Notch’s name was taken off the home screen, it’s possible that this move stems from the many questionable things he’s said online over the years.
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Microsoft today announced a major expansion of its Azure IP Advantage program, which provides its Azure users with protection against patent trolls. This program now also provides customers who are building IoT solutions that connect to Azure with access to 10,000 patents to defend themselves against intellectual property lawsuits. What’s maybe most interesting here, though, […]
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April Fool’s Day is a collectively sanctioned excuse to lie to people once every year. Tech companies, in particular, love making goofy announcements on the first day of April to celebrate, but one major industry player will sit out the annual tradition in 2019.
This year, Microsoft has strongly discouraged its employees from doing any April Fool’s stunts, at least in front of the public. The order was given by marketing exec Chris Capossela in an internal memo obtained by The Verge.
Mashable confirmed with Microsoft that the memo is indeed real.
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Something strange is happening in the world of cryptocurrencies. To the investor, the speculator, or the casual observer, the industry is in the midst of the “crypto winter” marked by dwindling public interest and stagnant prices after last year’s massive plunges. But to the engineer or the founder, it is an industry which has never […]
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At last year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, the CEOs of Microsoft, Adobe and SAP took the stage to announce the launch of the Open Data Initiative. The idea behind this effort was to make it easier for their customers to move data between each others’ services by standardizing on a common data format and helping them […]
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Microsoft has won a restraining order in a U.S. court in order to take control of domains used by an Iranian hacker group. The software and cloud giant applied to the court in order to take control of 99 websites used by the hacker group, known as Phosphorus or APT 35, in various hacking operations. […]
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Beware children. April Fools’ Day is nearly upon us. It’s arguably the worst day of the year, but one we stubbornly cling to because of tradition. Tech companies certainly aren’t immune from the draw of building up and instantly crushing the dreams of millions of users, and pranks have become pretty common place with many […]
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Microsoft and Adobe have been building a relationship for some time, and today the two companies announced a deeper integration between the two platforms at Adobe Summit in Las Vegas. It involves sharing Marketo data, the company that Adobe acquired last September for $4.75 billion. Because it’s marketers, they were duty-bound to give it a […]
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Microsoft’s Edge browser is coming out soon with a Google Chromium-powered revamp and an online leak showed all the features.
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The Verge reported the leak Sunday on various online forums and sharing sites. A public preview is expected soon, but so far…
A pair of security researchers dominated Pwn2Own, the annual high-profile hacking contest, taking home $375,000 in prizes including a Tesla Model 3 — their reward for successfully exposing a vulnerability in the electric vehicle’s infotainment system. Tesla handed over its new Model 3 sedan to Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been […]
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Get your salt shakers out: It’s time for something that might not be true!
Microsoft’s rumored disc-less Xbox One S — or the Xbox One S All-Digital, as it will apparently be called — could be coming on May 7. That’s what Windows Central claims, citing product photos and supporting documents it received from an unnamed source.
The site’s coverage uses Photoshop mockups of the product photos in order to protect the source, so you’ll have to take their word for it. The digitally recreated console looks like you’d expect it to: an Xbox One S without the opening where a disc would go.
The disc-less Xbox One S would also reportedly pack in a bundle of download codes for three games — Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3, and Minecraft — as well as a 1TB hard drive. Read more…
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