12 Sep 2019

The Executive’s Guide To Quantum Computing: What you need to know for your strategy today

This guide captures key concepts and the status of major quantum computing research initiatives in a way meant to serve the needs of operational decision-makers. Our goal, inform you about the near future so you can make the right changes to your strategy today. After a review of some key quantum computing concepts we will provide an update on some of the most promising research initiatives and key use cases being explored. We then conclude with insights you can use for your strategic approach and a list of resources for further research.

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11 Sep 2019

Two Zero-Days Fixed in Microsoft Patch Rollout

Microsoft has released updates to address a total of 80 security flaws in its products as part of this month’s Patch Tuesday. The fixes address two zero day flaws that were being actively exploited in the wild. The zero-days, tracked as CVE-2019-1215 and CVE-2019-1214, were both privilege escalation issues. The

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09 Sep 2019

Facebook, Microsoft Challenge Industry to Detect, Prevent ‘Deepfakes’

Facebook, Microsoft and various universities have launched a joint contest to boost efforts to fight the spread of deepfakes, which are audio or visual content doctored by artificial intelligence (AI). Deepfakes allow threat actors to spread disinformation and influence public opinion by making it seem like influential individuals including government,

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27 Aug 2019

Microsoft: Using multi-factor authentication blocks 99.9% of account hacks

Microsoft says that user accounts are “more than 99.9% less likely to be compromised” if the user has enabled multi-factor authentication (MFA). This even applies for relatively weak MFA solutions like SMS-based one-time passwords, the company claims. Microsoft registers more than 300 million fraudulent sign-in attempts on its cloud services

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23 Aug 2019

Microsoft Tops Phishers’ Favorite Brands as Facebook Spikes

Microsoft remains the most impersonated brand in phishing attacks despite a 6.8% decline in unique Microsoft phishing URLs in the second quarter of this year, a new report by Vade Secure shows. PayPal clinched second place and Facebook completed the top three thanks to a 155% surge in campaigns spoofing

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14 Aug 2019

Shades of BlueKeep: Wormable Remote Desktop Bugs Top August Patch Tuesday List

As part of August’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft made fixes for 93 security vulnerabilities available. 29 issues are critical, including four remote code-execution (RCE) flaws in Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and one critical RCE bug in Microsoft Word. Two of the RDS flaws stand out in particular, as they are “wormable,”

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12 Aug 2019

Researchers find security flaws in 40 kernel drivers from 20 vendors

Security researchers at Eclypsium have discovered major security vulnerabilities in over 40 kernel drivers from 20 different hardware vendors. The flaws are the result of poor software design choices and allow applications with limited privileges to use driver functions in order to perform malicious actions that can impact highly sensitive parts

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07 Aug 2019

New Windows hack warning: Patch Intel systems now to block SWAPGSAttack exploits

Security researchers at Bitdefender have discovered a critical vulnerability in Intel processors that can enable attackers to get CPU chips to leak sensitive information via a side-channel attack. The attack is similar to previously discovered vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown and actually bypasses security mechanisms intended to prevent expliotation

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02 Aug 2019

Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition ‘Spying On Palestinians’

Privacy advocates are accusing Microsoft of investing in surveillance technology that is used to spy on people whose human rights are being trampled upon by authorities. In particular, activists criticize the tech giant’s funding of AnyVision, an Israeli facial recognition firm that provides technology used to carry out surveillance on

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29 Jul 2019

Microsoft-Owned GitHub Blocks Devs in US Sanctioned Countries

GitHub is restricting the user accounts of people residing in territories subject to US government sanctions, such as the Crimea region of Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria. The policy came to light after a developer in Crimea had his account restricted, meaning that only certain very basic features

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