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Microsoft Tackles Piracy with Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft announced it will deliver its newest Windows version for free to everyone using pirated copies of the software, according to Reuters. Sometime this summer, Windows users from 190 countries will receive free upgrades to Windows 10, regardless whether their license is original or pirated. The initiative was announced at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China by Terry Myerson, Microsoft...

Cryptowall Makes a Comeback Via Malicious Help Files (CHM)

A new spam wave has hit hundreds of mailboxes with malicious .chm attachments to spread the infamous Cryptowall ransomware, malware researchers from Bitdefender Labs found. Interestingly, hackers have resorted to a less “fashionable,” yet highly effective trick to automatically execute malware on a victim’s machine and encrypt its contents – malicious .chm attachments. Chm is an extension for the Compiled H...

Leaked Minecraft passwords aren’t the result of hack, says Microsoft

There's good news if you're a fan of the online game Minecraft. Microsoft, the parent company of Minecraft developer Mojang, has confirmed that Minecraft has not been hacked. Concerns were raised that a breach might have been the reason behind over 1800 users' credentials appearing on Pastebin, as reported by Hot for Security and Heise, however it always seemed more likely that the login details had been st...

Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 7. What You Need to Know

Two days ago the security world watched the official demise of one of the most popular Windows platforms, Windows 7. But what does it really mean and how does it impact users and organizations? Here is what you need to know: Mainstream support vs. extended support Leaving mainstream support does not mean that Windows 7 is dead. It simply will stop receiving new features or technology improvements. Companies...

Zero-Day Remote Code Execution Flaw Disclosed by Microsoft; Workarounds Issued

Microsoft has disclosed on Tuesday in a Security Advisory a Windows OLE zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability  in PowerPoint and released a quick fix. The vulnerability impacts all Windows versions, except Windows Server 2003 and it is currently being exploited via malicious Office files that contain OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) objects. "The vulnerability could allow remote code executio...

Four Indicted for Stealing Helicopter Software and Gaming Technology

Four people have been indicted by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly stealing helicopter software and gaming technology worth over $100 million, according to a DOJ announcement. Charges included copyright infringement, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, wire fraud, theft of trade secrets and identity theft. Two of the defendants pleaded guilty "As the indictment charges, the memb...

Some Windows 7 PCs bricked by Microsoft after faulty Patch Tuesday update

Has your Windows computer been stuck in an endless Blue Screen of Death hell since last week? Chances are it may be connected to the Patch Tuesday updates that Microsoft issued last week. As ComputerWorld reports, a lengthy thread on Microsoft's support forums reveal that many users have been hit by a so-called "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD) 0x50 Stop error message. The dodgy update which appears to have cau...

Microsoft Issues Nine Patches for 37 Bugs

Microsoft has issued nine patches for 37 issues in Windows, Office, SQL Server, Net Framework and SharePoint Server, according to the company’s August security bulletin. The advisory patches fix severe vulnerabilities such as remote code execution, privilege escalation and security feature bypass. "The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted...

Microsoft Issues Security Updates for Critical Vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal

Microsoft issued new update packages to patch critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal, according to Microsoft's July Security Bulletin. Two updates have been rated  `critical,’ three as `important’ and one `moderate,’ by the company, which addressed 29 vulnerabilities in six update packages, from MS14-037 to MS14-042. Photo credit: Microsoft’s Blog "The ongoing diligent work from o...

Microsoft Announces Encryption in Outlook.com, OneDrive

Microsoft added encryption to emailing service Outlook.com and to its cloud storage service, OneDrive, to enhance security of its customers, the company announced in a blog post. “We are in the midst of a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen encryption across our networks and services. Our goal is to provide even greater protection for data across all the great Microsoft services,” said Matt Thoml...

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