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What will you get with a Microsoft 365 consumer subscription?

Once again, a job listing on a public website has accidentally given away details of an unannounced product Microsoft is developing. My colleague Mary Jo Foley had the details last week in her post,  Microsoft is readying a consumer Microsoft 365 subscription bundle .  This development shouldn’t be surprising. As I noted at the beginning of 2018, Microsoft has been… Read more →

Sensored to death: How machine learning in the cloud will destroy all privacy

In late October, I had the privilege of moderating a panel on the subject of artificial intelligence and machine learning at Unbound Miami, a boutique (but excellent) trade show that specializes in showcasing disruptive technologies such as cryptocurrency and blockchain.  The show and the panel was highly engaging with some really great speakers, including Dr. Alex Liu of IBM, Anthony DeLima of… Read more →

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 19H1 test build paves the way for new Sandbox feature

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 19H1 test build includes one of the very few major new features revealed so far by Microsoft. That feature, Windows Sandbox, is a containerized desktop environment that allows users to run potentially suspicious applications in isolation. Build 18305 of Windows 10 19H1, which Microsoft is rolling out to Fast Ring testers on December 19,… Read more →

New attack intercepts keystrokes via graphics libraries

A team of academics says they can determine user key presses by watching for data leaks in how a processor computes code from standard graphics libraries. The general idea behind this research is that the code that renders text on screen via the standard graphics libraries included in modern operating systems leaks clues about the information it is processing, even… Read more →

Microsoft’s new Office app for Windows 10 is coming to all Office users for free

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft has been looking for ways to simplify the way users log into Office and find their documents via its Office.com portal. On December 19, the company is taking another step in this area by introducing something it’s calling simply the Office app for Windows 10. This new Office app is the successor to the existing “My Office”… Read more →

IRS Linux move delayed by lingering Oracle Solaris systems

The enterprise server market belongs to Linux now. Clouds, web-servers, you name it, Linux runs it. One of the biggest reasons for this remains that Linux is cheaper than the alternatives. But that doesn’t mean Linux has all its way when fighting against legacy systems. Take, for example, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Wanting to save money, the IRS set… Read more →

This business email scam spreads Trojans through Google Cloud storage

A new business email campaign (BEC) has been found striking financial companies and spreading malware through the Google Cloud Storage service. On Wednesday, researchers from Menlo Labs said they have been watching the BEC scam for some time, which is focused on the employees of banks and financial services companies. The campaign follows the typical track of BEC schemes by… Read more →

Hackers have earned $1.7 million so far from trading data stolen from US gov payment portals

When a government body creates a self-service payment system for paying for everything from utility bills to permits and fines, you would expect convenience to be tied to adequate security for financial data. Not necessarily so in the case of Click2Gov, a payment portal system used by many US cities, both small and large. Developed by Central Square, formerly known… Read more →

ST Telemedia to build first Thailand data centre with joint venture partner

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) has announced plans to build its first facility in Thailand through a joint venture with local industrial platform provider, TICON Industrial Connection.  Sitting on a site that spans 75,000 square metres, the data centre will be located in central Bangkok and be majority owned by the Thai company, while STT GDC will hold… Read more →

NASA discloses data breach

Image: NASA The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) admitted today to getting hacked earlier this year. In an internal memo sent to all employees, the agency said that an unknown intruder gained access to one of its servers storing the personal data of current and former employees. Social Security numbers were also compromised, NASA said. The agency said… Read more →