"FireEye and Microsoft replaced the encoded domains on TechNet with ones the companies controlled, which gave them a glimpse of the problem when infected machines called out to those domains.
APT17 has been "targeting our customers for many years," Boland said. Organizations are typically targeted through spear-phishing, which involves sending emails with malicious links or attachments, he said.
For the last couple of years, APT17 has infected computers with a malware program that FireEye calls BLACKCOFFEE. The malware can upload files, delete files and create a reverse shell on a computer, among other functions."
Targeting "defense contractors, law firms, U.S. government agencies and technology and mining companies" for years. Lucky they found out about this before it went on very long.
Tech Net doesn't run on Azure, does it?
"China-based hackers used Microsoft's TechNet for attacks"
"The group, which FireEye calls APT (advanced persistent threat) 17, is well-known for attacks against defense contractors, law firms, U.S. government agencies and technology and mining companies.
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It's not all positive, however: Security issues and problems with some existing products leave room for
TechNet is highly trafficked website that has technical documentation for Microsoft products. It also has a large forum, where users can leave comments and ask questions.
APT17 -- nicknamed DeputyDog -- created accounts on TechNet and then left comments on certain pages. Those comments contained the name of an encoded domain, which computers infected by the group's malware were instructed to contact.
The encoded domain then referred the victim's computer to a command-and-control server that was part of APT17's infrastructure, said Bryce Boland, FireEye's chief technology officer for Asia-Pacific.
The technique of requiring an infected computer to contact an intermediary domain is frequently used. Often, hackers want the infected machines to reach out to a domain that is unlikely to look suspicious before proceeding to another less-reputable one.
"It's completely normal to see a lot of traffic going to TechNet," Boland said.
Sometimes, the command-and-control domains are embedded in the malware itself, but that makes it easy for computer security researchers to figure out which ones it contacts. Other times, malware is coded with an algorithm that generates possible domains names it should contact, but that can also be reverse engineered by analysts, Boland said.
Security experts have seen attackers abuse other legitimate domains and services, such as Google Docs and Twitter, to accomplish the same goal as APT17, Boland said.
"This is a challenge for any open platform," he said."
It would seem that it could only be bad reporters. There was no merger.
No doubt Microsoft hated paying $7.2 billion in order to keep Nokia from going out of business selling the Redmond OS on their smartphones. But they would have lost virtually all of their share in phones if they hadn't since no one else could get people to buy them. Perhaps they will not hate paying more licensing fees once the current ones require renewal. Hopefully they are paying per unit given their lack of traction among consumers.
Why don't they sell their own Android phones and tablets if they "gets a cut from "ALL Androids Devices"."? They would be double dipping on all those sales. A much better deal than their current sad situation.
"The Motorola Atrix 4G (also known as MB860, ME860 in Asia market, MB861 in Korean market) is an Android-based smartphone by Motorola, introduced in CES 2011 on January 5, 2011."
The Atrix 4G was one of the first Motorola devices to ship with its Webtop platform. When the phone is placed into its HD Multimedia Dock or Laptop Dock accessories, the user can access an Ubuntu-based desktop featuring access to the phone and its applications via the 'Mobile View' application, integration of Android notifications into the desktop, multimedia playback through Entertainment Center, file management through Nautilus, and the Firefox web browser (along with support for Prism for the site-specific browsers used on Webtop mode).
In September 2011, Motorola released the source code of the Webtop software on SourceForge."
Atrix accessories announced as of October 2011 include:
HD multimedia dock
For a change I agree with you. The renewed relationship with Intel truly cannot be understated. This supposed renewal would appear to be part of the camouflage around the phasing out of ARM tablets.
With the death of the Surface RT line accompanied with the change in low end Intel devices to the Surface branding there are no ARM devices other than the phones.
They have no other hardware partner. It is empty verbiage.
Your previous message warning about the many problems with the update was much more honest and realistic. Perhaps you should reconstitute it and replace this awful one with it.
And to add insult to injury, suddenly now you are also recommending the Insider Program? What happened to it being "illegal"? So dishonest!
"Microsoft halts Windows 10 Preview for most popular Windows Phone in the world after bricked device reports"
" The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones build added the new Spartan browser and a ton of universal apps, but it appears to have introduced some severe problems, as well. Microsoft’s halting availability of the Windows 10 Preview on the most popular Windows Phone in the world, as well as two other models, after numerous reports of a crippling bug bricking users’ handsets.
Here’s what a Microsoft employee had to say in the Windows Insider forum, as first spotted by Windows Central:
“We are seeing some reports of failures on Lumia 520/525/526 devices when trying to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 using the Windows Phone Recovery Tool. We are pausing build availability for these devices temporarily while we investigate the issue and work with customers who have reported problems.”
The message sparked a slew of complaints from Windows Phones owners who say they’ve had crash-prone experiences with Windows 10 on those devices, and then bricked their devices completely when attempting to go back to Windows Phone 8.1 using the Recovery Tool.
This is why Preview builds shouldn’t be installed on your primary devices, folks."
Yet despite the 52x series having very poor sales numbers they are the best selling Windows phones of all time, selling 2 to 8 times better than any other model. Hopefully there will be few technically competent end users falling prey to this horrible malfeasance. It's as if they did no testing!
Now contrast that with a shillish statement such as saying Marissa Mayer's renegotiation of the contract is showing how much she is impressed by Microsoft and Bing in spite of her history at Google.
When she is actually cutting Bing usage in half and forcing Microsoft to sell all the search advertising, thus increasing Yahoo's share of search, no matter who else they decide to use, and saving them money by laying off the sales crew.
Do you have nine others?
So is that Microsoft that is blackmailing American police departments --
"Police Pay Off Ransomware Operators, Again"
"Despite having certain resources readily available -- like assistance from FBI investigators, for example -- police aren't faring any better than the private sector against ransomware."
"April 2 it was reported that in December, the Tewksbury, Mass. police department was taken over by CryptoLocker. Their most recent back-up on an external hard drive was also corrupted, and their most recent non-corrupted back-up was 18 months old."
"In January, a Midlothian, Ill. P.D. computer and the back-ups of its files were taken over by Cryptoware. Since the back-ups were also irretrievable, the department decided to pay a $500 ransom.
Last week, it was reported that in March, a server used by the Lincoln County, Maine Sheriff's Office and four local police departments also fell victim to ransomware, and that an error in how they'd been performing back-ups made it unfeasible for them to restore from them."
"Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett told the Booth Bay Register that they are improving virus protections, end user security awareness training, and back-up procedures, as a result of the incident.
It was not reported how long the office was down, trying to recover, but Brackett did tell the Register:
“Next time, we'll just pay the ransom on the first day and be done with it."
It would appear that there are a lot of questions you don't know the answers to, not just the ones you outlined in your wild-eyed screed.
Google founder -- or is it founders? --Larry Page is from East Lansing, Michigan.
Is this town in Russia? As you imply the nation of Chechnya is?
Here maps must be under the control of Russia too. It is in Espoo, Finland.
Boston must be in Russia as well since it is much closer to Moscow (but not the one in the American state of Idaho) than East Lansing is.
Good job pointing out: Luckily the Boston [Reds] used Google and caught the bombers right away.
Couldn't have happened with malware-infested Microsoft products as those are all under the control of criminal gangs and cannot perform for the owners of the programs.
The Russians must love Microsoft.
Just not as much as you do.
Your denial of their history and current status do not alter the facts.
Your claim that Android has worse security is a bland assertion/meme. The recent report on Android security, which you seem not to be aware of, outlines this clearly.
Recent improvements to Microsoft's desktop OSes do not erase their history as a security failure.
Bolt-on on security fixes, like requiring extra hardware not needed by other systems, isn't bad if Microsoft does it?
No company has worse security than Microsoft.
Sergei Brin is one person yet you call him founders.
What happened here is that Google rejected the CJIS requirements and now the worst company in the world for security is putting sensitive data into their cloud.
On top of that Azure has the worst uptime of any cloud provider. Leaky, yet potentially inaccessible when needed.
No. No one says that ever.
Just another example of how you, first, make things up and then pretend to expand on them -- when they don't exist.
Microsoft doesn't block Android from accessing it's cloud; there is no "barrier to entry" there. The FBI knows this.
That is just another way for you to show that you don't understand what the cloud is or how it works.
You are a good example of this. You think that the cloud can be accessed without using the Internet and at the same time that using the cloud is the same as providing access to the Internet.
On that basis you may be a couple of the people who "have no clue what the cloud is or how it works."
Looks like the joke is on you. The world's biggest security hazard says it may be going open source. See here:
"Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is ‘Definitely Possible’"
"Microsoft’s software empire rests on Windows, the computer operating system that runs so many of the world’s desktop PCs, laptops, phones, and servers. Along with the Office franchise, it generates the majority of the company’s revenues. But one day, the company could “open source” the code that underpins the OS—giving it away for free. So says Mark Russinovich, one of the company’s top engineers.
“It’s definitely possible,” Russinovich says. “It’s a new Microsoft.”
Russinovich is sitting in front of several hundred people who spend their days running thousands of computers. He helped build Windows, and he carries one of the most respected titles at the world’s largest software company: Microsoft Technical Fellow. But here, on stage at a conference in Silicon Valley, he’s perched in front of an audience whose relationship with Microsoft is, at best, complicated."