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Microsoft Announces Multi-Factor Authentication for All Office 365 Users

Microsoft has added a second layer of login verification to all users of the Office 365 suite and plans to expand it to Office desktop applications, the company wrote on its blog. Multi-factor authentication, also known as two-factor authentication, asks the user to provide extra information to access an account besides the standard password. “Multi-factor authentication increases the security of user login...

Microsoft Admits SEA Hacked Employees’ E-mails

Microsoft confirmed that its staff accounts were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, according to the Register. The tech giant admitted the hacktivist group managed to not only breach their social media accounts, but also several internal e-mails. This is the second time in a month that the Syrian Electronic Army has hacked Microsoft. The group, which supports President Bashar al-Assad, warned the company...

Microsoft Sues Unknown Creators of ZeroAccess

Microsoft is suing the creators of ZeroAccess (Sirefef Rootkit), even though the defendants are yet unknown. The tech giant is urging the alleged hackers to show up in court within 21 days or lose the trial and face legal consequences. The cyber-crime group may count up to 8 members. “You must ‘appear’ in this case or the other side will win automatically,” the legal notice reads.  “To ‘appear’ you must fil...

Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Fight for Data Transparency

Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and Facebook addressed similar petitions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday asking FISC for permission to reveal more about US government requests they receive. The four Internet service companies would like to share with the public “aggregate information” about the requests they receive from the FISC. Their motions argue that public release would in no way har...

Microsoft Releases Temporary Fix for Internet Explorer Bug

Microsoft released a temporary fix for the Internet explorer bug that hackers exploited to break the website of the US Department of Labor last week. Attackers can exploit the hole by convincing users to visit compromised websites after clicking a link in an e-mail or Instant Messenger message. The vulnerability allowed remote code execution on Internet Explorer 8 version and spread to other websites as wel...

Five Times More Likely to Get Malware without AV

Computers with no antivirus are five times more likely to get infected with malware than those with protection, according to Microsoft. In the first quarter of 2012, the company found malicious e-mail attachments on almost 3 million computers and detected 7 million Keygens. The activation key generators that users install with “free” software, movies or games often come loaded with malware. Most users don’t...

Microsoft Reveals How it Assists Global Police with Data Requests

In its first transparency report, Microsoft revealed how it helped police worldwide with information on the company’s users. In 2012, the company assisted some 75.378 police requests for client information linked to ongoing criminal investigations. Some 2.1 percent of these requests sought information on content created by people, including documents, images and e-mails stored on servers or sent via Microso...

Xbox Live Accounts of Microsoft Employees Hacked Using Social Engineering

Xbox Live accounts of Microsoft employees were breached via “several stringed social engineering techniques,” the company said. Although the breach didn’t relate to a vulnerability in Microsoft’s systems, the company is investigating the incident by working with law enforcement and the companies used in the social engineering scheme. By obtaining social security numbers of the targeted employees, hackers we...

Chinese PCs with Pirated Windows Have Security Bugs, Says Microsoft

Chinese PCs running pirated Windows still have security vulnerabilities, according to Microsoft. The software giant launched a new campaign against piracy and warned users of security dangers they face when installing counterfeit products. "What we are finding is that increasingly cybercriminals are targeting both businesses and consumers right here in China," said Nick Psyhogeos, vice president of Microsof...

Windows 8 Hack Lands Users Free Windows Store Games

A step-by-step tutorial on how tech-savvy users can get paid apps by hacking Windows 8 trial games from Microsoft’s Windows Store marketplace was demonstrated by Nokia engineer Justin Angel. Arguing that it’s not a necessarily a security flaw but more an inherent flaw in the way applications are handled by Windows 8, Justin Angel believes this could severely “compromise Windows 8 games revenue stream”. “The...

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