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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...

18 per cent of SMBs Still Use XP, Face Security Risks, Bitdefender Warns

Almost one in five small and medium businesses worldwide are exposed to major security risks as they are still using Windows XP after Microsoft ended support for the operating system, according to a three-month study by antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The research, conducted in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Brazil, proved that businesses still rely on the legacy Mi...

Remote Code Injection Vulnerability Found on Yahoo, Microsoft and Orange Subdomains

A Remote code injection vulnerability was found on the subdomains of Yahoo, Microsoft and Orange by being escalated from an Unauthorized Admin Access, according to Ibrahim Hegazy's blog post. A fix has been issued for the vulnerability from Yahoo and Microsoft. Hegazy found the Unauthorized Admin Access during his research in the Yahoo Bug Bounty Program, as the administrator panel never requested login cre...

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...

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