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Microsoft Attempts Takedown of Global Criminal Botnet

Microsoft announced legal action Monday seeking to disrupt a major cybercrime digital network that uses more than 1 million zombie computers to loot bank accounts and spread ransomware, which experts consider a major threat to the U.S. presidential election. The …

Vast Phishing Campaign Hits Microsoft Users in 62 Countries

Microsoft Corp. customers were targeted in a massive phishing campaign that has sought to defraud users in 62 countries since December. Recently, the malicious emails have evolved to capitalize on the pandemic, according to Microsoft. The attack “targeted business leaders …

NSA Discovers Flaw in Microsoft Windows That Could Enable Cyber Intrusions

The National Security Agency announced that it had found a “critical vulnerability” in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating systems that could enable cyber intrusions. The NSA recognized “the severity of the vulnerability” and disclosed it to Microsoft to expedite the process …

Microsoft Wants to Teach Drones, Robots and Drills How to Think

Microsoft Corp. and technology rivals spend a lot of time talking about machine learning. Now Microsoft is talking about something called machine teaching. No the software maker doesn’t plan to send robots into classrooms. In a world where factories and …

Microsoft Says Russia-Linked Hackers Target Sports Organizations

Microsoft Corp said it has tracked “significant” cyberattacks coming from a group it calls “Strontium” or “Fancy Bear,” targeting anti-doping authorities and global sporting organizations. The group, also called APT28, has been linked to the Russian government, Microsoft said in …

U.S. Cyber Agency Says Reducing Risks From China Top Priority

A newly created U.S. cybersecurity agency said Thursday that China represents the greatest strategic risk to the U.S., and as a result, the agency’s top operational priority is reducing the risks from Chinese compromises to the global supply chain, including …

Mozilla Blocks UAE Bid to Become an Internet Security Guardian

WASHINGTON — Firefox browser maker Mozilla is blocking the United Arab Emirates’ government from serving as one of its internet security gatekeepers, citing Reuters reports on a UAE cyber espionage program.Mozilla said in a statement on Tuesday it was rejecting …

Microsoft Turned Down Facial-Recognition Sales on Human Rights Concerns

PALO ALTO, California — Microsoft Corp recently rejected a California law enforcement agency’s request to install facial recognition technology in officers’ cars and body cameras due to human rights concerns, company President Brad Smith said on Tuesday. Microsoft concluded it …

Real or Artificial? Tech Titans Declare AI Ethics Concerns

About the photo: In this March 21, 2019 photo a robot called “Pepper” is positioned near an entrance to a Microsoft Store location, in Boston. Microsoft, a company that often tries to position itself as an early thinker on ethics …

Software Makers Disrupt Global Cyber Crime Ring

Software makers Microsoft Corp and Symantec Corp said they disrupted a global cyber crime operation by shutting down servers that controlled hundreds of thousands of PCs without the knowledge of their users. The move made it temporarily impossible for infected …