End of Windows XP support era signals beginning of security nightmare

Microsoft’s recent announcement that it will end support for the Windows XP operating system in two years signals the end of an era for the company, and potentially the beginning of a nightmare for everyone else.When Microsoft cuts...

BlackHole exploit targets Java bug through browser-based attacks

A powerful new exploit has been identified in the wild that could turn PCs running outdated versions of Java into bots for spam or DDoS attacks, or even loot them for sensitive information.As reported by Brian Krebs on his Krebs on...

In praise of alternative approaches to cybersecurity

After spending a lot of time reading a lot of words about a lot of cybersecurity attacks, trends and patterns start to take shape.Based on little more than an outsider’s observations, it just seems like the current popular mindset...

Microsoft's MAPP reportedly hacked, RDP exploits coming sooner than expected

When Microsoft's Patch Tuesday release earlier this week revealed a code execution vulnerability for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), we knew it wasn’t a good sign. We didn’t expect the situation to get this dangerous so quickly,...

RSA Conference 2012: Gauging the future for Microsoft’s privacy, security initiatives

At a time when the technology world is facing a fundamental shift in security practices, Microsoft is saying all the right things. Now, with the credibility of a decade’s worth of work under its belt, Microsoft is at an opportune...

Is Microsoft leveraging the consumer tablet craze to force enterprise Windows 8 upgrades?

Much of the appeal surrounding Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system stems from the compatibility it will offer across tablets and PCs.By generating that appeal, Microsoft may successfully leverage two of the biggest...

Valentine's Day Patch Tuesday: Microsoft to issue 9 patches, 4 critical

Microsoft announced today that the second Patch Tuesday of 2012 will see nine security bulletins, four of which were deemed critical.Three of the four critical bulletins address vulnerabilities in Windows, one of which also targets...

5 days after Microsoft voices support, Washington gets the votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Washington's state senate has gathered enough support to make it the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage, after senator Mary Margaret Haugen announced on Monday she will cast the 25th and deciding vote in favor of the...

10 years later, isn't it time to revamp Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing initiative?

This Sunday marks the 10-year anniversary of the launch of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative, and in a way, the timing couldn’t have been better.an infamous year for security - in which reports of massive data breaches,...

Cautious optimism: Details of Microsoft's first Patch Tuesday of 2012

Microsoft has already stirred the pot in the security community, releasing details on the first Patch Tuesday of 2012 in an advance notification published last week.Although the document gives off some scary numbers – its seven...

Microsoft patch blows 'perfect game' but sends important message

Although it must have been a painful moral blow to Microsoft’s security team, issuing the company’s first and only out-of-band security patch of 2011 late last week may actually bring some optimism for the entire Microsoft IT...

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