12 Aug 2020

Microsoft Patches 120 Vulnerabilities, Two Zero-Days

Microsoft’s August Patch Tuesday saw fixes for 120 vulnerabilities, including two zero-days actively being exploited in the wild. The patches cover 13 different Microsft products and services, marking the third-largest Patch Tuesday update in the company’s history. Trend Micro researcher Dustin Childs stated that if Microsoft keeps up the Patch

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05 Aug 2020

FBI issues warning over Windows 7 end-of-life

On Monday, the FBI sent a private industry notification to US private sector partners warning about Windows 7 computers reaching their end-of-life. According to the warning, the operating system fulfilled its shelf life earlier this year. The FBI stated that they had observed threat actors targeting computer network infrastructure after

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04 Aug 2020

Microsoft’s Talks to Buy TikTok’s U.S. Operations Raise Ire in China

Earlier this week, Washington released an ultimatum to the company behind the popular social media platform TikTok, asking the Chinese company to sell the app’s US operations or risk being banned from the country. This has raised suspicions over the US’s aims to sabotage China’s technological advancements. China is also

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15 Jul 2020

Microsoft Patches Wormable RCE Flaw in Windows DNS Servers

Microsoft’s July Patch Tuesday updates include a critical vulnerability in Windows DNS servers, which is likely to be exploited by threat actors if left unpatched on systems. The Patch Tuesday updates include over 100 fixes for various bugs ranging in severity. The most critical, CVE-2020-1350, is a wormable remote code

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07 Jul 2020

Purple Fox Exploit Kit Adds Two Microsoft Vulnerabilities

Security company Proofpoint has disclosed two new Microsoft exploits that have been coded into Purple Fox, which is an exploit kit that has evolved drastically over the past year. The new updates show that cybercriminals are investing in infection tools and putting time and energy into increasing their capabilities to

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01 Jul 2020

Emergency Windows 10 Update: Critical ‘Large Image’ Security Flaw Confirmed

Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for a serious vulnerability affecting the Windows 10. Microsoft chose not to wait for Patch Tuesday, as the vulnerability could lead to the compromise of Windows 10 devices or Windows Server System. Another vulnerability was also patched in the emergency out-of-band update, ranked as

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15 Jun 2020

Microsoft Joins Ban on Sale of Facial Recognition Tech to Police

Microsoft has reportedly joined Amazon and IBM in blocking the sale of its facial recognition technology to law enforcement, pushing for federal laws that adequately address the issues present in the software and regulate the technology. On Thursday, Microsoft stated that the ban on facial recognition gear will stand until

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10 Jun 2020

Microsoft June Patch Tuesday Fixes 129 Flaws in Largest-Ever Update

In the biggest Patch Tuesday release yet, Microsoft’s June Patch Tuesday published fixes for 129 different flaws, including CVEs for 11 critical remote code-execution vulnerabilities. The critical remote code execution flaws were patched in Windows, SharePoint servers, Windows Shell, and VBScript. June’s updates, however, did not include any zero-day vulnerabilities

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22 May 2020

Veterans Affairs Launches First Chatbot to Field COVID-19 Questions

Recently, the Veterans Affairs Department launched a chatbot that aims to provide veterans and their caregivers with answers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The chatbot was developed in less than a month through the Microsoft Healthcare Bot platform. The tool can be accessed 24/7 to assess symptoms related to COVID-19 as

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18 May 2020

Microsoft Confirms Serious New Security Problem For Windows 10 Users

Microsoft has confirmed a newly reported security vulnerability called “Thunderspy” that lies within a vulnerability in its THunderbolt ports. The vulnerability enables an attacker with physical PC access to adjust or change the port’s controller firmware, effectively disabling its security and presenting huge risks for the victim. Last week, consumers

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