Adallom, a California-based cloud cybersecurity company was acquired by Microsoft, as confirmed by the later. The acquisition is expected to address the growing number of cybercrime nowadays. Adallom started in 2012 by the Israeli Intelligence Corps. It’s headquartered in Palo Alto with regional office in Israel
According to news analysis, this is one of the largest purchases of Microsoft, although the two companies did not disclose the real value of the acquisition.Adallom’sis Microsoft’s latest cloud acquisitionafter Azure, its previous cloud platform. Compared to Azure, Adallom does not only work with cloud products but also with GoogleApps and business apps such as Salesforce
Digital Constitution, a Microsoft site dedicated to improving online privacy, was hacked recently. The site was reportedly running an outdated version of the app WordPress when the compromise was discovered. According to statements by ZDNet, the attack involved malicious links that promotes online casinos. No clear indication was made on how long the site has been infected. The links were removed subsequent to their discovery but some pages still contained spammy links to gambling sites. Microsoft’s PR firm declined to comment about the issue but said that the problem has been “fixed”. To know the full story, visit ars technica.
Source: ars technica
With the massive online hacking today, biometrics security gains strength in the market. Biometricsecurity, which majority include fingerprinting, iris scanning and facial or voice recognition was availed by most mobile techs such as Apple for their Touch ID iPhones and Samsung.
Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have been advising users to refrain from using simple passwords, as they are the key to online hacking problems – something that even huge firms are not excused from.
Biometric security takes charge, however, some experts fear that compromised devices such as credit cards with fingerprints on it can also lead to identity compromising – something that biometric providers need to improve.
Source: Daily Mail
Due to some changes on ‘governmental policies’ regarding the issuance of automated electronic messaging, the management of Microsoft decided to push through on sending security notices to its clients. It is despite the company’s initial plan to terminate security notifications beginning July. Microsoft allows it clients to subscribe to one or more of the RSS feeds on the Security TechCenter website. Speculations, although not confirmed by the Microsoft management, roam around that the decision was based on the latest Canadian antispam law stating penalties of $1 million for individuals and $10 million for businesses’ violation. Clients are looking forward for the best result of the decision.
Today, multiple tech companies have surely made a revamped with its transparency and privacy policies since the revelations leaked that the NSA or National Security Agency was secretly documenting consumer data from the telecommunications companies, Internet Service Providers and others. According to sources, the NSA is believed to gather vital information as showed in their documents. The EFF or Electronic Frontier Foundation released a report on Friday that identified that nine companies were perfect in protecting customer data. Last year’s report showed otherwise wherein only two companies showed perfect scores on that matter. Amongst those companies were Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Dropbox and Apple. For more information on this post, go to the source.
Source: Computer World
Microsoft warns about security updates according to one official from the firm. With more than 22 percent of users in Bahrain running Windows XP, he said that people are attackable by malwares including Trojans.
They are advised to upgrade to Windows 7 or eight before the year ends, as support will end for older operating systems soon. Soon, security updates will not be available on Windows XP, so it will have zero day vulnerability forever. Read the full story from the source.
Source: Hispanic Business
Microsoft has been sued by a British journalist, Kevin Cahill, who claimed that the firm has handed the communication information of UK users to US officials. He said that the tech firm has breached UK laws because it has handed British citizen information to US authorities. This data includes information on communication metadata as well as those from the users’ emails. How true? Let’s check out the full story from the source.
Source: PC Pro
Microsoft today patched 19 vulnerabilities in Windows, IE9 (Internet Explorer 9), Excel and the .Net development framework, including four flaws in the just-released Windows 8 and its tablet spin-off Windows RT.
Of Tuesday’s six security updates, four were labeled “critical,” Microsoft’s most-severe threat ranking, while the remaining pair were pegged as “important” or “moderate.” Of the 19 vulnerabilities patched today, seven were tagged as critical.
“The IE9 is the one that should be patched first,” said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security, in an interview today. “It’s a drive-by,” he added, referring to the tactic that only requires hackers to trick users into browsing to a malicious website.
Doing that with an unpatched copy of IE9 could result in a successful hijacking of a Windows 7 or Vista PC. IE9 only runs on those two operating systems.