15 Oct 2019

Microsoft rolls out Windows Tamper Protection for Windows antivirus to keep hackers at bay

Microsoft has added a new security feature called Tamper Protection to Windows Defender, the built-in antivirus solution for modern Windows systems. Tamper Protection is designed to prevent malware from disabling or otherwise tampering with Windows Defender and other Windows security features. According to the tech giant, Tamper Protection blocks “malicious

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14 Oct 2019

Microsoft and NIST Team Up on Patching Guide

Microsoft and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have joined forces in order to create a new guide to help enterprises streamline to challenging patch management process. The initiative follows close cooperation from Microsoft with other US partners, including the Center for Internet Security, the Department of

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09 Oct 2019

Microsoft Issues 9 Critical Security Patches

As part of this month’s patch Tuesday bulletin, Microsoft has released fixes for 59 security flaws, including 9 critical vulnerabilities. So far the tech giant hasn’t found evidence that any of the patched issues are being exploited in the wild. However, Microsoft warns that one remote code execution (RCE) flaw

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07 Oct 2019

Iran Caught Targeting US Presidential Campaign Accounts

Iranian hackers recently targeted a US presidential campaign as well as various government officials (including former officials) and journalists, an investigation by Microsoft found. Between August and September of this year, a total of 241 user accounts were attacked by the infamous Iranian state-backed hacking group known as APT 25,

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30 Sep 2019

Microsoft uncovers Nodersok malware that turns PCs into zombie proxies

Microsoft is warning that thousands of computers running Windows have been turned into zombie proxies by Nodersok, a new type of fileless malware. Since July of this year, threat actors have been distributing the malware via online ads that trigger the execution of various malicious files and scripts, which eventually

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27 Sep 2019

Outlook on the Web to Block File Extensions for PowerShell, Python, and More

In order to help protect Outlook users against malicious email attachments, Microsoft is adding another 38 file extensions to its blacklist for attachments. The company acknowledges that these extensions pose a threat because hackers can use them to target users with malicious files designed to plant malware, exploit security flaws

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24 Sep 2019

Microsoft Issues Windows Security Update for 0Day Vulnerability

Microsoft has released an unscheduled security update to address two security vulnerabilities in its products. One of the flaws, tracked as CVE-2019-1367, is a zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in Internet Explorer that is being actively exploited by threat actors. Microsoft warns that “if the current user is logged

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23 Sep 2019

Windows 7 Voting Systems to Get Free Security Updates Through 2020 Elections

Even though Windows 7 will reach end-of-life on January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for US voting systems running this operating system. The extended support will cover voting systems used for the 2020 US presidential election as well as local US elections and national elections in

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20 Sep 2019

Microsoft: Cyberattacks now the top risk, say businesses

The risk of cyberattacks far outranks other threats to businesses in a new report[pdf] by Microsoft and Marsh. 79% of survey respondents stated that cyberattacks are either the top concern (22%) or a top 5 risk (57%) to their firm. In 2017 only 62% of companies mentioned cyber threats as

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19 Sep 2019

Windows Defender malware scans are failing after a few seconds

The latest version of Windows Defender, the built-in anti-malware solution of Windows 10, is affected by a bug that causes Quick or Full scans to stop running after inspecting only a few files. The flaw is the result of a recent patch issued by Microsoft to solve another issue. It

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