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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD

posted onJune 9, 2016
by l33tdawg

Microsoft has published its own distribution of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure.

Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center says Redmond says Redmond “took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image” so it could “ensure our customers have an enterprise SLA for their FreeBSD VMs running in Azure”. Microsoft did so “to remove that burden” from the FreeBSD Foundation, which relies on community contributions.

Windows 10 won't let you share WiFi passwords any more

posted onMay 12, 2016
by l33tdawg

Remember Microsoft's WiFi Sense? One of its cornerstones is the ability to share password-protected WiFi networks with contacts, saving them the hassle of logging in when they visit. Unfortunately, though, there weren't many people enamored with the idea.

Microsoft experiments with DNA storage: 1,000,000,000 TB in a gram

posted onApril 28, 2016
by l33tdawg

Microsoft is buying ten million strands of DNA from biology startup Twist Bioscience to investigate the use of genetic material to store data.

The data density of DNA is orders of magnitude higher than conventional storage systems, with 1 gram of DNA able to represent close to 1 billion terabytes (1 zettabyte) of data. DNA is also remarkably robust; DNA fragments thousands of years old have been successfully sequenced.

Windows 10 flaw lets hackers secretly run any app on your PC

posted onApril 26, 2016
by l33tdawg

A newly identified Windows 10 security flaw lets hackers install malicious apps on any machine, without business owners being made aware anything out of the ordinary is happening. The issue lets anyone familiar with Windows security bypass its defenses without leaving any trace on the machine.

Discovered accidentally, the issue is significant, and Microsoft is yet to issue a patch.

Student Jailbreaks Microsoft Band 1

posted onApril 22, 2016
by l33tdawg

A student in NYU OSIRIS security lab, who is only known for now as b0n0n was given a Microsoft Band (version 1) for a school project that involved figuring out how the Band client software communicated. But, just like the plot for a teen action movie, the assignment turned out to be too easy so b0n0n turned to hacking. What ensued was a full understanding of how to manipulate the Band 1 data.

Apple confirms QuickTime for Windows at end of life

posted onApril 19, 2016
by l33tdawg

Last week software security outfit Trend Micro disclosed the discovery of two new flaws in QuickTime 7 for Windows, saying Apple was informed of the security threats in November. At the time, Apple said it had no plans to issue a patch, adding the software "would be deprecated on Windows and the vendor would publish removal instructions for users."

Apple has yet to post an official announcement regarding the apparent deprecation, but on Monday confirmed the development to The Wall Street Journal.

Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

posted onApril 12, 2016
by l33tdawg

Microsoft has added a QR code to its infamous Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10.

As of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14316, when the operating system falls over, you get not only the sad ASCII smiley but also a QR square that contains an encoded URL that leads you to a webpage about your problem. Scan it with a smartphone or other handheld and your browser will be taken to the embedded web addresses.

Windows 10 roadmap: Control everything remotely

posted onApril 12, 2016
by l33tdawg

As Microsoft continues to court businesses and encourage them to upgrade to Windows 10, the company has taken the novel step of publishing a roadmap of Windows 10 features. This roadmap describes business-oriented features that are coming to Windows 10. Some, such as biometric authentication in the Edge browser, have already been announced as part of the forthcoming Anniversary Update and are currently available in the Insider Preview.