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    Cyber ​​Criminality Article reserved for subscribers Three teenagers have been accused by US authorities of being active members of a world-renowned group of cybercriminals known as “Shinyhunters”. Morocco has approved the extradition of one of them, Sébastien Raoult, to the United States, where he is serving a 116-year sentence. For two years the FBI played cat and mouse. US federal services may finally puff up their chest: Morocco on Monday approved the extradition to the US of Sébastien Raoult, a young Frenchman implicated in a major digital data theft case of international scope that began in 2020. Risks – in theory – 116 years in prison if combined sentences for each crime he is charged with by the US Department of Justice. Much of this stuff is taking place amidst the covid pandemic. On March 28, 2020, in Bellevue, a large city in the northwestern US state of Washington, an engineer’s computer received an email containing all traces of a message sent by the software service GitHub. The company was recently acquired by Microsoft. Without hesitation, the employee clicks...
    When the president, the treasury secretary and other Biden administration officials insisted this week that the U.S. economy is not currently in a recession, they were mocked for weaseling out of bad news on a technicality. The Commerce Department announced Thursday that the broadest measure of economic activity, gross domestic product, fell for a second quarter in a row — meeting a widely held, though unofficial, definition of recession. It is true, as the Biden folks argued, that the nation’s official recession arbiter, the National Bureau of Economic Research, has yet to call one, because it relies on many more signals. Still, it sure sounded as if the Biden team was splitting hairs. Over the past few days, though, I’ve spent more time than is healthy listening to CEOs expound on their businesses during quarterly corporate earnings calls. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good time.) And I was surprised by what I heard. The CEOs convinced me that the Biden people — not to mention Jay Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, who also said...
    THESE are the haunting last words of murdered Microsoft exec Jared Bridgen before he was shot in front of their toddler. The dad-of-four was ambushed on his way home after stopping his vehicle to move a tire on the road on February 16, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. 3Jared Bridgen and wife Kirsten had chatted on the phone before he died 3The dad-of-four was killed just moments laterCredit: Facebook 3His toddler was in the car when he died His killer approached him and then shot him in front of his two-year-old daughter. Earlier, Jared had dropped his two older kids off at his ex-wife's house. His wife, Kirsten Bridegan, told The Daily Beast the last words her husband said to her. She had been on the phone with her brother when Jared called so she added him to the call and the three of them chatted for a minute. READ MORE IN CRIMECRIME CAPITAL 2 dead and 9 hurt with no arrests made after 12 hours of gun violence in DCFAMILY MASSACRE Killer used SAMURAI SWORD & gun...
    Microsoft and Google experienced a slowdown in growth in the second quarter, reflecting the economic struggles experienced by their fellow tech companies. Microsoft reported sales of $51.9 billion in its quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, a 12% increase in revenue compared year over year. However, that increase was less than the $52.44 billion expected by Wall Street analysts. Google reported similar results in its quarterly earnings report. Google's parent company, Alphabet, posted $69.69 billion in quarterly revenue, a 12.6% increase year over year. However, the revenue trailed Wall Street's expectations by $190 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. WALMART TO SLASH PRICES AS INFLATION HARMS CONSUMER PURCHASING POWER Despite the shrinking growth rate, tech CEOs remain optimistic about the future. "We see real opportunity to help every customer in every industry use digital technology to overcome today's challenges and emerge stronger," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a press release. "No company is better positioned than Microsoft to help organizations deliver on their digital imperative — so they can do more with less." The two...
    Mark Cuban recently discussed his first encounter with Bill Gates in Las Vegas during the 90’s. Speaking with the NELK Boys on the Thursday edition of the Full Send Podcast, Cuban talked about the exchange. “I’ll tell you a story about in Vegas, back in the day about Bill Gates. Okay so this is way back — there used to be like the biggest trade show in the world was called Comdex,” Cuban began. “It was a technology trade show and it was like 125,000 people there. I’d started my company, I was like 26, 27 … I just thought I was a badass. Right. And so I’m hanging with these girls and this was right when Microsoft had gone public,” he continued. “So one day, no one knows who Bill Gates is — the next day like he’s the king of tech!” Cuban added. “So do you have money at this time?” asked guest host and fitness coach Bradley Martyn. “I was maybe worth a million dollars … So, I’m buying these girls drinks...
    MICROSOFT has announced a shakeup to their software products that will affect users everywhere. The company will phase out Microsoft 365 apps from older operating systems - find out if your software still supports the Microsoft package. 2Microsoft was founded in 1975 and is the oldest of the five major tech companies powering the industry todayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Microsoft's family of apps are some of the most transformative software products in personal and professional computing. Microsoft Excel, one of the flagship products of Microsoft 365, is reportedly used by more than 700,000 companies worldwide. But Excel and other products in the Microsoft 365 apps package will be made incompatible with computers running on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 starting on January 10, 2023. "We recommend that customers running these operating systems migrate to a supported OS before January 2023," Microsoft wrote in a company blog. Read More on MicrosoftWATCH OUT Warning for MILLIONS of Microsoft users to change settings immediatelyX-BOXED Xbox owners are about to lose access to HUNDREDS of games in major...
    The PlayStation 5 logo pictured at a store in Krakow, Poland.Nurphoto | Getty Images Video game sales are set to decline annually for the first time in years, as another industry that boomed in the coronavirus era faces the grim prospect of a recession. The global games and services market is forecast to contract 1.2% year-on-year to $188 billion in 2022, according to research from market data firm Ampere Analysis. The sector expanded 26% from 2019 to 2021, reaching a record $191 billion in size. Sales of video games have consistently grown since at least 2015, Ampere data shows. Gaming got a huge boost from Covid-19 shutdowns in 2020 as people spent more of their time indoors. The launch of next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony that same year also bolstered the industry's fortunes. However, the arrival of Microsoft's Xbox Series X and S machines and Sony's PlayStation 5 proved something of a double-edged sword — logistics disruptions and shortages of vital components have meant that shoppers are facing great difficulty finding any of the new consoles on store shelves...
    Microsoft logo is seen on a smartphone placed on displayed Activision Blizzard's games character.Dado Ruvic | Reuters The U.K.'s competition watchdog on Wednesday opened an investigation into Microsoft's acquisition of video game publisher Activision Blizzard. This is a breaking news story, please check back later for more.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Elon Musk attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/Getty Images)Gotham | Getty Images Investors lowered the valuations of the world's largest technology companies in the second quarter as central bankers ratcheted up interest rates to ward off inflation. Big technology names became less valuable in the first quarter, with Russia's invasion into Ukraine cutting into business and adding to supply complications that appeared in the pandemic, sending the broad S&P 500 index down about 5%. The situation worsened in the second quarter as the Federal Reserve swung into action with rate increases. While the S&P tumbled another 16%, the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite index declined 22%. U.S. stocks fell Thursday to end the second quarter, prompting the S&P 500's weakest first half of the year since 1970. Electric-vehicle maker Tesla endured its largest quarterly decline since its 2010 initial public offering as the stock sank almost 38%. In the quarter CEO Elon Musk made a bid to acquire social-media...
    The ex-wife of a Microsoft exec gunned down in front of his two-year-old daughter finally broke her silence, saying she was 'devastated' with grief after hearing the news of his murder. 'I fell to the floor because I was devastated,' Shanna Fernandez, 35, told Action News Jax, according to Fox News, after she was told about her ex-husband Jared Bridegan's death. The former couple were going through a prolonged and ugly custody battle for their two children on Feb. 16 when he was killed while driving his daughter from another marriage, Brexley, home in Jacksonville Beach. Jared's two-year-old daughter, Brexley, was in the car when he was murdered. She still asks her mother about 'the boom' - which is how she refers to the gunshots she heard Fernandez, who comes from a wealthy family, had been battling for custody of their two children, 9-year-old twins Abby and Liam, since the couple's 2015 divorce. Police sources told Fox News that she remains a suspect in Bridegan's death. Fernandez and her children were reportedly frozen out of his memorial service. 'It's messy, I...
    Silicon Valley giants including Apple, Google and Microsoft are making enormous profits amounting to more than $1,000 per second, new data reveals.  Apple is one of the most profitable businesses, generating over $152 billion per day, which equates to $1,752 every single second. Fintech firm Tipalti created a landing page with a real-time counter showing how profitable these companies, along with several big banks, have been since the time the page loaded. The list is sourced from the 2020 Fortune 500 and represent some of the best-known firms on it, but not necessarily the most profitable.  Silicon Valley giants are awash in profits. Companies like Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft are making more than $1,000 per second. That works out, in many cases, to more money than the typical American worker earns in one week. The rest of the most profitable companies include finance, tech, retail, telecommunications and media As Tipalti notes for added context, the average weekly wage stands at $1,237, meaning the typical US worker does not earn the same amount for a week of work that the California-based...
    The ex-wife of a Microsoft exec who was shot and killed in front of his two-year-old daughter allegedly asked a tattoo shop worker if she knew anyone who could 'shut him up' after she got her genitals pierced at his shop. Shanna Fernandez, 35, got the piercing at a Florida tattoo parlor in 2015 after divorcing husband Jared Bridegan, 33, but while the pair were still living together. An employee of the tattoo parlor, who said he and Fernandez became friends after the piercing, said she brought it up at dinner at a Jacksonville restaurant called the Flying Iguana.  'She had been talking to us about her divorce, and she told us her life could just be better if he could just 'shut up' and asked us if we knew anybody that could 'shut him up,' the employee, whose name has been kept anonymous, said.  'I did not take it at the time as anything nefarious,' he added, according to Fox News. 'In hindsight, I can see how that can be taken differently now.' Detectives attempting to find answers to...
    Microsoft is retiring a controversial facial recognition feature that claims to identify emotion in people's faces from videos and photos. As part of an overhaul its AI policies, the US tech giant is removing facial analysis capabilities that infer emotional states, like surprise and anger, from Azure Face.  It's also retiring the ability of the technology platform to identify attributes such as gender, age, smile, hair and makeup.  Microsoft's Azure Face is a service for developers that uses AI algorithms to detect, recognise, and analyse human faces in digital images.  It is used in scenarios such as identity verification, touchless access control and face blurring for privacy.  From this week, Microsoft is retiring Azure Face capabilities that 'infer emotional states', such as surprise and anger, based on facial expressions WHAT IS AZURE FACE?Microsoft's Azure Face service for developers provides AI algorithms that detect, recognise, and analyse human faces in digital images.  Facial recognition software is important in many different applications, such as identity verification, touchless access control, and face blurring for privacy.  According to Microsoft, Azure Face lets developers embed facial recognition...
    SeoulFor Jung Ki-young, a South Korean software engineer, Microsoft's decision to retire its Internet Explorer web browser marked the end of a quarter-century love-hate relationship with the technology.To commemorate its demise, he spent a month and 430,000 won ($330) designing and ordering a headstone with Explorer's "e" logo and the English epitaph: "He was a good tool to download other browsers."After the memorial went on show at a cafe run by his brother in the southern city of Gyeongju, a photo of the tombstone went viral.Microsoft scaled down support for the once omnipresent Internet Explorer on Wednesday after a 27-year run, to focus on its faster browser, Microsoft Edge. Jung said the memorial showed his mixed feelings for the older software, which had played such a big part in his working life.Read More"It was a pain in the ass, but I would call it a love-hate relationship because Explorer itself once dominated an era," he said.He said he found it took him longer to make sure his websites and online apps worked with Explorer, than with other browsers. End of...
    Microsoft entered a neutrality agreement with the Communications Workers of America, saying it would not get in the way of Activision Blizzard workers’ union rights if it acquires the video game company. This is believed to be the first such neutrality agreement in the tech industry, and it is a major one, affecting most of Activision Blizzard’s nearly 7,000 U.S. workers. “In practical terms, [the neutrality deal] means that we’re not going to try to jump in and put a thumb on the scale,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in The New York Times. “We will respect the fact that our employees are capable of making decisions for themselves and they have a right to do that.” Imagine that! Respecting your workers’ ability and rights to make decisions for themselves! It seems so basic, but it’s an enormous departure from typical corporate practice when faced with the possibility of workers organizing, as we’ve seen recently in the abuses that Starbucks and Amazon have heaped on their unionizing workers. As some Activision workers have protested sexual harassment at the company and some...
    Inga Kjer | Photothek | Getty Images For decades Microsoft has been associated with a traditional definition of office work, long hours in front of a computer, but now the corporate enterprise giant finds Gen Z entrepreneurs disrupting ideas about workplace hustle and the traditional 9-5 day. Many recent Gen Z college graduates are flipping the career paradigm and pursuing entrepreneurship rather than entering the corporate world.  "We've seen a lot of reimagination during the pandemic and a lot of digital transformation, which I think really has propelled what we see as a bit of a boom in entrepreneurship," says Travis Walter, vice president of retail at Microsoft Store. Almost two-thirds (62%) of Gen Z has indicated they have started, or intend to start, their own business, according to data from WP Engine and the Center for Generational Kinetics. Meanwhile, in 2021 alone, 5.4 million Americans submitted applications to start their own business, according to government data.   The traditional idea of "hustle culture" has evolved over the years, and while the grind Gen Z puts in looks slightly different than millennials,...
    (CNN Business)Microsoft on Monday announced it has entered into a labor neutrality agreement with Communications Workers of America (CWA), the union that has been supporting Activision Blizzard employees in their organizing efforts.The agreement, unusual in the tech industry, has the potential to ease the path for workers at Activision Blizzard (ATVI) to unionize once Microsoft (MSFT) completes its blockbuster $68.7 billion deal to acquire the video game company. The deal is expected to close by next year. Microsoft says it will support employees who want to unionizeUnder the agreement, Microsoft will "take a neutral approach" to employees who express interest in joining a union and will allow employees to communicate openly about unionizing, the company said in a joint press release with CWA. The agreement further formalizes Microsoft's support of potential unions within its workforce, which the company's president, Brad Smith, first expressed in a blog post earlier this month. It also sets the company apart from many of its peers in the tech industry, with unionization efforts at Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL) and Activision Blizzard turning contentious in the...
    Microsoft is set to become one of the first major US employers to disclose salary ranges for all its job postings in America, in a step to boost transparency for jobseekers. The move announced on Wednesday follows a new law in Microsoft's home state of Washington, which will require such disclosures on new job postings starting next year. A slew of such laws have been recently passed or newly proposed in various states, meaning companies that span multiple jurisdictions may soon make similar moves to disclose salary bands to potential applicants.  Microsoft said it would start adding salary information to all public and internal job postings starting no later than January 2023. Microsoft is set to become one of the first major US employers to disclose salary ranges for all its job postings in America Microsoft, which like many companies has struggled to attract top talent in a tight labor market, recently vowed to boost merit raises and stock awards. The new salary disclosure law in Washington follows a similar one in Colorado. New York City recently adopted such a...
    One of Microsoft's top executives has resigned amid allegations that he fondled female colleagues and watched virtual reality pillow fight porn in the office. Alex Kipman, 44, of Seattle, announced his plans to resign on Tuesday in an effort to 'pursue other opportunities,' Microsoft insiders allege. Scott Guthrie, VP of Microsoft Cloud and AI Group, is planning to reorganize the division. Sources familiar with the situation told Business Insider Kipman will stay with the company through a two-month transition process.   Last month, Kipman, who has been described as one of Microsoft's 'golden boys,' was accused of inappropriate behavior in a scathing Insider report detailing the company's 'toxic culture' that protects its 'untouchable' male executives. Several employees filed a complaint against Kipman last year for dozens of alleged occasions of inappropriate behavior, but the executive - who lives in a $7million Seattle home - has yet to punished for it.  Witnesses allege the company instead provided him with 'chaperones' from human resources who accompany him during meetings. However, Microsoft has said those reports are 'not true.' Microsoft executive Alex Kipman (pictured in 2019) has resigned amid allegations...
    MILLIONS of Android users are being warned about security flaws in applications that come pre-installed on their phones. The apps, which are typically difficult for the average user to delete from their phone, were recently found to have vulnerabilities that could have been exploited by attackers. 2Microsoft researchers are warning Android users about the potential for security risks to exist in pre-installed applicationsCredit: Getty 2The research team recently detected vulnerabilities in these hard to delete applications and worked with developers and service providers to fix the problemCredit: Getty The vulnerabilities were detected by the Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team and reported on Microsoft’s security blog. According to the research team, the vulnerabilities have now been fixed, but the weaknesses could have been susceptible to bad actors looking to get a hold of sensitive information. Users have been warned that they should make sure their phones have the latest updates to make sure the fixes are applied. Microsoft reported that the problems were contained in a mobile framework “used by multiple large mobile service providers in pre-installed Android System apps.” Read...
    A top Microsoft executive has been accused of watching virtual reality pillow fight porn in front of his stunned colleagues and fondling female coworkers.  Alex Kipman, 44, of Seattle, has been described as one of Microsoft's 'golden boys' - but CEO Satya Nadella has vowed to end the firm's tolerance for 'talented jerks', and new allegations about Brazilian-born Kipman suggest his days could be numbered.  Microsoft has refused to confirm or deny the sordid allegations.   Several former and current employees have allegedly accused the innovation executive of getting away with inappropriate behavior, which reportedly includes inappropriately touching female coworkers and watching a 'VR porn' pillow fight in front of employees.  The sexual display was mirrored on nearby TV monitors for all the late-night employees to see. The VR video reported featured women dressed in skimpy outfits who were participating in a sexualized pillow fight, according to Insider. 'It was in the office, in front of women. Incredibly uncomfortable,' a source told Insider.  Virtual reality porn allows viewers to feel as if they're in a sex scene by donning special goggles.  Several employees...
    Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., appears at a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on May 24, 2022.Hollie Adams | Bloomberg | Getty Images Microsoft is gearing up to pursue a more conservative approach to hiring in a part of the business that includes some of its most popular products. Rajesh Jha, the executive vice president in charge of Office and part of Windows, told staffers in his group on Thursday to be more cautious when it comes to opening up new roles and to request permission from Jha's leadership team first, according to a person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to speak about private deliberations. Bloomberg reported on the change earlier. The move comes a month before Microsoft starts its new fiscal year, a time when the company regularly reorganizes. More broadly, Microsoft and other companies across the tech industry are recalibrating as a catastrophic first half of the year for the market nears a close and inflationary pressures continue to mount. Facebook parent Meta, chipmaker Nvidia...
    A SENIOR Microsoft staffer has been accused of watching virtual reality "porn" in full view of his colleagues. According to Business Insider, Alex Kipman viewed an online video of an "erotic" pillow fight between two women during a recent meeting. 1A top Microsoft exec has been accused of watching 'VR porn' in front of colleaguesCredit: Getty Kipman is one of the U.S. tech giant's top execs and is tasked with leading its innovations in computing. He remains at the company and it's unclear whether his employer took action against him following the incident. It's one of a number of accusations made by an investigation into the inappropriate conduct of executives at the U.S. tech giant. Dozens of sources told Insider that top execs' misconduct goes unchecked, particularly among a group of so-called golden boys. Read more about techBAD PLAY Why PS5 owners should IGNORE huge upgrade – it could cost youCHECK YOURSELF Three iPhone settings you MUST check today – or you may be at serious risk That's despite Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently pledging to end the company's tolerance...
    MICROSOFT has altered the algorithm of its search engine's autosuggestion feature to meet Chinese internet moderation policies. The company is stuck between complying with the nation's laws and upholding information integrity. 2Microsoft's search engine Bing is second only to GoogleCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Xi Jinping will govern China indefinitely as he scrapped term limits in a show of powerCredit: Getty Images - Getty Freedom House, a non-profit organization that studies the well-being of citizens everywhere, gave Chinese political rights a score of negative two out of 40. Chinese internet freedom was given a score of 10 out of 100. In a review of 100,000 names searched in both English and Chinese characters from IP addresses in the US, Canada and China, researchers at Citizen Lab found some uncanny changes to the autosuggestion feature on Microsoft Bing. "We consistently found that Bing censors politically sensitive Chinese names over time," Citizen Lab wrote. "Their censorship spans multiple Chinese political topics." Read More in MicrosoftGAME ON You can soon play Xbox games without buying the console thanks to new gadgetSWITCH SIDES Microsoft...
    The largest tech firms in the world have reportedly lost over $1 trillion in value over just three trading days. Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla, and Google all lost more than $100 million in a few days, while Facebook lost $70 million. CNBC reports that the largest tech firms in the world including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, and Amazon have lost over $1 trillion in combined value in just three trading sessions. Stocks have had a large sell-off overall since the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday, but tech firms seem to be hit the hardest by the change. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Jason Redmond/ Getty) Apple’s Tim Cook calls for privacy bill with right to delete data (AFP) Investors are reportedly less interested in the tech firms that largely drove business during a bull market in recent years and are instead focusing on safer bets, including companies like Campbell Soup, General Mills, and J.M. Smucker. Apple, which is the world’s most valuable public company, shed $220 billion in value since the close of trading on Wednesday. This was shortly...
    In this article MSFT ATVI A crowd waits for a video presentation at the Activision booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California.Jonathan Alcorn | ReutersThere was some head-scratching across the big tech and gaming worlds in January when Microsoft announced an agreement to buy Activision Blizzard, a leading videogame publisher, for $68.7 billion. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella framed its largest acquisition ever as a boost to the company's growing metaverse strategy, even though Activision is best known for blockbuster games such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush, but not the mix of AR/VR and other technology underpinning the fledgling metaverse. Upon closer inspection, however, Microsoft may now be better situated to become a leader in both the metaverse and gaming realms. "Microsoft is extremely well-positioned for the metaverse," Bernstein analyst Mark Moerdler recently told CNBC. "But I don't think this [acquisition] was purely a metaverse drive. They were also looking for bigger ways to gain depth and breadth in gaming." Moerdler anticipated that Microsoft might buy smaller game studios,...
    Bill Gates has opened up about his divorce from Melinda, saying he is still 'grieving' over the breakup of the 27-year marriage. The Microsoft founder, 65, revealed the pair did not have a prenuptial agreement but amicably split their huge wealth, although she kept the family dog. The billionaire also refused to confirm if he ever cheated on his ex-wife, despite suggestions he had multiple affairs with Melinda saying in March he had 'questions to answer'. When asked if the couple are still friends, Bill told The Sunday Times: 'I would say that. In an interview she chose not to use that word, but I'll use it. We have a, you know, superimportant, complex, close relationship where we've chosen to work together. And I'm very happy that we get to work together. 'I'm also grieving the same way she is. Yes. You know, we grew up together. When I got married, yeah, Microsoft was a big deal. But I was a young 38-year-old and she was a mature 28-year old [when they married], and over those next few years, in...
    In this article BRK.AVIDEO4:5504:55Buffett says he's been buying Activision shares since Microsoft, now owns 9.5% of company2022 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders MeetingWarren Buffett on Saturday said Berkshire Hathaway has been increasing its stake in Activision Blizzard in a merger arbitrage play, betting that Microsoft's proposed acquisition of the video game company will close. Berkshire now owns about 9.5% of Activision shares, Buffett said at the company's annual shareholder meeting. "Occasionally I'll see an arbitrage deal and do it," Berkshire's chairman and CEO said. "Occasionally it looks like the odds are in our favor, but absolutely we can lose money on that company, fairly large sums of money, depending on what happened if the deal blows up." In January, Microsoft announced intentions to buy Activision for $95 per share. Activision closed at $75.60 per share on Friday. Buffett said he has been buying more shares of Activision since the deal was announced as the stock is trading way below Microsoft's offer. Buying at these levels will yield a bigger return if the deal closes. "If the deal goes through, we make...
    Washington (CNN)At least six different Kremlin-linked hacking groups have conducted nearly 240 cyber operations against Ukrainian targets, Microsoft said Wednesday, in data reveal a broader scope of alleged Russian cyberattacks during the war on Ukraine than previously documented."Russia's use of cyberattacks appears to be strongly correlated and sometimes directly timed with its kinetic military operations," said Tom Burt, a Microsoft vice president. The Microsoft report is the most comprehensive public record yet of Russian hacking efforts related to the war in Ukraine. It fills in some gaps in public understanding of where Russia's vaunted cyber capabilities have been deployed during the war. Burt cited a cyberattack on a Ukrainian broadcast company on March 1, the same day as a Russian missile strike against a TV tower in Kyiv, and malicious emails sent to Ukrainians falsely claiming the Ukrainian government was "abandoning" them amid the Russian siege of the city of Mariupol. Suspected Russian hackers "are working to compromise organizations in regions across Ukraine," and may have been collecting intelligence on Ukrainian military partnerships many months before the full-scale invasion in...
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    Pictured for the first time since father-of-four Jared Bridegan was gunned down in what cops call a 'targeted' attack, his ex-wife cuts a strikingly carefree figure. Seen in these exclusive DailyMail.com images, Shanna Fernandez, 35, was wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan, 'I'm fine. It's fine. Everything is fine,' as she enjoyed some downtime with 9-year-old twins, Liam and Abbie – her children by Bridegan, 33. She did cartwheels and laughed in Jacksonville Beach's South Beach Sunshine Park. Twenty-four hours later she was nowhere to be seen when Bridegan's widow, Kirsten, 30, held a candlelight vigil for her dead husband in a nearby spot in the very same park. Kirsten said the park, which is five minutes from Fernandez's home, had a special meaning because it was where Bridegan's older children often played though they were not present either. DailyMail.com spotted Jared Bridegan' s ex Shanna, 35, wearing a t-shirt bearing the slogan, 'It's fine. I'm fine. Everything is fine' A day after the sighting Shanna was nowhere to be seen when Bridegan's widow, Kirsten, 30, held a candlelight vigil...
    A Florida widow is imploring the public to come forward with information after her Microsoft executive husband was shot dead earlier this year in a North Florida suburb, within view of their two-year-old daughter. Police still have no leads after Jared Bridegan, 33, was gunned down on February 16 when he got out of his family's black Volkswagen Atlas in Jacksonville Beach to move a tire obstructing the road as they drove south toward their home in St. Augustine. His two-year-old, Bexley, looked on from a car seat - her mother, 30-year-old Kirsten Bridegan, said the toddler now refers to the traumatic incident as 'the boom.' The father-of-four had just dropped his nine-year-old twins off at his ex-wife's home around 7:30 p.m.  Now, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department is investigating whether the tire was placed in the roadway to lure the father out of his car - they have not identified a motive or a suspect in Jared Bridegan's killing. Sergeant Tonya Tator told Fox News that in typically quiet Jacksonville Beach, an upscale neighborhood just 15 minutes from famous golf...
    A DEVASTATED widow continues to search for answers after her Microsoft executive husband was killed in front of their two-year-old daughter. Jared Bridegan, 33, was gunned down in north Florida on February 16 as their little girl Bexley watched from her car seat. 2Kirsten Bridegan is searching for answers after her husband Jared was gunned down in FloridaCredit: Jared Bridegan/Facebook 2Kirsten said Jared and their two-year-old daughter Bexley had 'the best relationship'Credit: Jared Bridegan/Facebook The incident happened after Jared had dropped off his older kids at his ex-wife’s home. Kirsten, 30, said Jared spotted a tire in the road while he and Bexley were driving to their home in St. Augustine. Sgt Tonya Tator, of the Jacksonville Police Department, told Fox News Digital that he was shot after getting out of the car. Kirsten branded the killing “pure evil”. read more on floridaLEGAL FIGHT Laundries 'may face TRIAL' after slamming suit filed by Gabby Petito's parentsLAST SIGHTING Missing girl, 15, seen on surveillance video after vanishing on way to school She said: “To have that done where he didn’t even...
    In this article AAPL MSFT VIDEO4:1804:18I'd be very surprised if Microsoft charged a 47% fee for open app store, says Microsoft presidentTechCheckTech regulation is coming whether the industry participates or not, according to Microsoft President Brad Smith, so companies might as well lean into those conversations now. "It doesn't matter whether you like it or hate it," Smith told CNBC's Steve Kovach on "Tech Check" Wednesday. "And it's right for people to point out the issues that cause concern, but more than anything, we need to lean in and figure out how to make this work, because it is not going to be a success unless we do that." Smith's message came after his keynote speech on the same topic at the International Association of Privacy Professionals conference in Washington, D.C. The speech stood in contrast to an earlier keynote by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who warned that certain antitrust laws being considered by Congress could harm consumer privacy protections. Smith is no stranger to standing apart from his Big Tech peers in Washington. He's been a key force...
    New York City housing officials who took part in a recent video call got an eyeful after one of their colleagues was caught apparently having a naked sex romp in the middle of the workday.  Alex Tolozano, 55, a resident building superintendent with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in The Bronx, has been suspended for 30 days without pay and could face termination over the X-rated display.  Tolozano's extracurricular activities were exposed during what was supposed to be a routine work meeting being hosted on Microsoft Teams to provide updates on public housing developments in New York City last Wednesday. But the humdrum video conference reached an unexpected climax when Tolozano was said to have appeared on the screen nude next to a woman, as The City first reported. Alex Tolozano, 55, a building superintendent with the New York City Housing Authority, has been suspended for 30 days without pay and could face termination for appearing naked with a woman during a work video call last week (pictured)  There were reportedly about 50 NYCHA officials taking part...
    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during a news conference in Tbilisi, Georgia October 18, 2021.Irakli Gedenidze | Reuters The U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday that it plans to award as much as $9 billion in contracts for cloud infrastructure services in December, about eight months later than it expected. The Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability, or JWCC, initiative represents a new path for the U.S. military that would rely on multiple cloud providers, rather than a single one. That was the strategy the Pentagon had initially sought to use with the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract. The Pentagon wound up awarding the contract to Microsoft before canceling it. "We've recognized that our schedule was maybe a little too ahead of what we thought, and that now we're going to wrap up in the fall and we're aiming to award in December," John Sherman, the Pentagon's chief information officer, said on a call with reporters. In July 2021, when it announced the JWCC, the goal had been to award contracts as soon as April 2022, Sherman said. The Pentagon...
    SAN JOSE — Microsoft has floated preliminary plans for a big data center complex in north San Jose on a choice stretch of empty land next to a proposed tech village that remains unbuilt, city documents show. If built, the data centers would sprout on land that in recent years was deemed to be ripe for one of several jobs-rich tech campuses in north San Jose. Data centers typically generate relatively few jobs, although they are crucial pieces of the global networks that store and shift electronic data. “The preliminary proposal only included a project scope to construct two five-story data center buildings” near the corner of Component Drive and Orchard Parkway, Jonathan Fox, a city planner, stated in an email sent to this news organization. In 2021, Microsoft paid $78.7 million for 21.3 acres where the data centers are proposed, Santa Clara County property records show. The site is primarily vacant land, although a few buildings are on the property. The tech titan completed the land purchases through an all-cash deal, according to the public documents. LBA Realty, a...
    RUMOURS that Xbox may be dropping a new console soon have resurfaced after a leaker dropped a major hint online. Speaking on a podcast this week, gaming expert Nick Baker revealed that Microsoft is bringing out Xbox-branded hardware this year. 1Xbox is reportedly working on some new hardwareCredit: microsoft/the sun Baker, who hosts the XboxEra podcast, said the new gear "falls into a different bucket than people are probably expecting." He added that he knows what the hardware is, but couldn't say any more about it. "All I was told that I am allowed to say is that this year…or should I say maybe sometime this year. "There's a lot of stuff delaying things lately, whether it's the Ukraine situation, still COVID issues, chip shortages, [and] all that sort of stuff. "So I'm not going to say it's definitely happening this year, but I've been told it should be this year." He added: "Xbox currently has some hardware to show that they want to show or that they're going to show that falls into a different bucket than people...
    Q: What are macros in Microsoft Office and what makes them dangerous? A: Macros are one of the oldest and most valuable tools in the computer world, because they allow complicated instructions to be performed with a single command. You can essentially record a long series of commands and save them to a shortcut for future execution to save time without having sophisticated coding skills. If you use Microsoft Office, myriad useful macros can be created in applications such as Word and Excel – you can insert company letterhead into an existing document, or add formatted tables into a spreadsheet. Macros are especially useful when you have a series of repetitive commands that you often use in just about any productivity software program. The specific instructions for creating macros varies by program, so the best way to learn how to do it is by going to the Help menu in any program and searching for Create a Macro. Malicious macros This same powerful productivity tool can be used to create harmful results, though, because malicious macros can be hidden in...
    In this article BTC.CM= ETH.CM= MSFT Joseph Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum.Adam Jeffery | CNBC Blockchain start-up ConsenSys has raised $450 million in a new round of funding that more than doubles its valuation to $7 billion. The cash injection was led by ParaFi Capital, ConsenSys said Tuesday, with Microsoft, Japan's SoftBank and Singapore's Temasek also joining as new investors in the company. New York-headquartered ConsenSys was founded in 2014 by Joseph Lubin, a co-founder of Ethereum. Ethereum is the blockchain platform behind ether, the world's second-biggest cryptocurrency. Whereas bitcoin is mostly used for transactions, Ethereum can be used to create decentralized applications, or dapps — think Facebook or TikTok, but on the blockchain, a shared record-keeping system for crypto transactions. ConsenSys develops software that runs on the Ethereum network.VIDEO11:3711:37Can ethereum topple bitcoin as the crypto king?CryptoIt marks a rare crypto-related bet from Microsoft. The company previously led an early-stage investment in Palm NFT Studio, a start-up also co-founded by Lubin. Microsoft's involvement highlights growing interest from the world's largest tech firms in Web3, a loosely-defined term that refers to...
    We now know the surface of Microsoft and the results are always impeccable. The slightly harder anodized aluminum chassis gives the PC a premium look. Its touchpad is in the same order, pleasant to use and perfectly fluid. The keyboard skin is also nice, but the keys are smaller than most PCs; A surprising choice and eventually not practical on a daily basis because it causes regular typing errors, at least in the beginning. There is no fingerprint reader or numeric keyboard, the backlight can be adjusted to 4 levels. The keyboard keys are slightly smaller. Fortunately, Windows Hello allows you to quickly unlock your computer with webcam support face recognition. It offers movies in 1080p and good picture quality, was a bit dark, but can slightly improve its brightness in the software. However, in low light, the noise is actually felt. In difficult lighting conditions. In a bright office. Zoom in On the connection page, the PC is limited to two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and a mini-jack socket, which is explicitly defined for a...
    Bill Gates has been seen in public for the first time since his ex-wife Melinda claimed that he had multiple affairs during their marriage in a bombshell interview. The Microsoft co-founder, 66, sat in the stands on Tuesday to watch the Eisenhower Cup during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California. The billionaire appeared to be in good spirits as he was seen chatting and laughing with two female friends as he watched the charity tennis match, which kicked off on International Women's Day.  Last week, Melinda said Bill's 2000 affair with a Microsoft employee broke the 'trust' in their marriage as she spoke for the first time since their 2021 divorce. In the tell-all interview, she spoke candidly about sobbing on the floor as her marriage fell apart, adding that she never thought it would end in divorce. Bill has not spoken publicly about their split. Bill Gates has been seen in public during the BNP Paribas Open (pictured) for the first time since his ex-wife Melinda claimed that he had multiple affairs during their marriage The...
    In this article MNDTThe Google logo displayed on a smartphone screen.Kirill Kudryavtsev | AFP | Getty ImagesShares of cybersecurity firm Mandiant closed up 16% Monday after The Information reported Google is interested in acquiring the company. Mandiant, which has a market cap around $5.25 billion, was previously under the FireEye umbrella before that brand was sold. FireEye was credited with helping Microsoft discover the SolarWinds hack that attacked government systems last year. The Information said Google is interested in acquiring Mandiant to boost its cloud security in an effort to better compete against Microsoft Azure. Bids for the firm were due at the end of February, according to the report. Bloomberg said in February that Microsoft had also been in discussions to acquire Mandiant. Cybersecurity stocks have, at times, been resilient in the current market as most stocks see a selloff amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. VIDEO4:1804:18We've seen destructive attacks in Ukraine masquerading as ransomware, says Mandiant CEOClosing BellTVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Microsoft announced it would suspend all its services and new sales of products in Russia on Friday. Along with the suspension of all new sales, Microsoft announced the cessation of other aspects regarding business with the Russians, according to Microsoft President Brad Smith. RT's mobile apps were removed from the Windows App Store, Microsoft announced earlier this week. The company also banned advertisements in the Russian media, according to the report. These actions seek to comply with the West's heavy sanctions on the invading nation, the report noted. WATCH: UKRAINIANS CELEBRATE WHILE JOYRIDING ON REPORTEDLY STOLEN RUSSIAN TANK The tech company's move comes in the wake of others performing similar measures to distance themselves from Moscow following the Russian invasion into Ukraine. Tech firms across the board have sought to restrict and diminish the influence of Russian state-controlled media. Efforts against Russian outlets such as RT and Sputnik were enacted in response to calls from Western governments to halt the spread of Russian propaganda. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER...
    In this article MSFTSatya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks at Microsoft's Build developer conference in San Francisco on March 30, 2016.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesMicrosoft said Friday it is halting all new sales of its products and services in Russia. Brad Smith, Microsoft's president, announced the decision on Friday as Western businesses continue to boycott Russia after it began its invasion of Ukraine last week. Microsoft didn't clarify whether existing services will continue to be available. Microsoft said it's working closely with the governments of the U.S., U.K. and the European Union, and is also suspending "many aspects" of its business in Russia in compliance with coordinated government sanctions. "We believe we are most effective in aiding Ukraine when we take concrete steps in coordination with the decisions being made by these governments and we will take additional steps as this situation continues to evolve," Smith wrote. Earlier this week, Microsoft said it was working to keep Ukraine informed of cyberattacks. Attackers have gone after Ukrainian military institutions and manufacturers, as well as several...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Cirque du Soleil is making a return to Microsoft Theater with the "OVO" show in downtown Los Angeles -- it's a show that might have you "bugging out" just a little bit."We are delighted, said Janie Mallet with the "OVO" by Cirque Du Soleil tour management. "This is the first year of a 5-year residency, and partnership with the Microsoft Theater and Cirque du Soleil. And "OVO," our show, is the first one to stop here."The show is about a colony of insects, like ants, butterflies, crickets, dragonflies and spiders, living together, that eat, work, crawl, flutter, feast, fight and court among each other."We're really taking a broad theme that everybody has touched and experienced, adding amazing acrobatics, beautiful music, a fun storyline to it," said "OVO" performer Kyle Cragle. "So it's really a concept that I think everyone can connect with."The "OVO" show will be at Microsoft Theater, located at 777 Chick Hearn Court in downtown L.A., from March 16 to May 1, 2022. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.
    Melinda Gates will lift the lid on her divorce from billionaire Microsoft founder Bill for the first time as she sits down for a tell-all interview with CBS Mornings host Gayle King.   The 57-year-old, who shocked the world when she and Bill announced in May 2021 that they were ending their 27-year marriage, is seen in a teaser trailer for the interview - which will air on March 3 - hinting that 'trust was broken' in her relationship with the billionaire businessman. A short trailer posted to Twitter by CBS Mornings sees King, 67, asking Melinda: 'Once trust is broken, isn't it hard to get it back?' to which the philanthropist responded: 'Very, it's very hard to get it back, in any relationship.'  The interview - which marks the first time that Melinda has publicly addressed her split from Bill - comes 10 months after the former couple first revealed to the world that they were separating, and just seven months after they finalized their $130 billion divorce settlement.  Melinda Gates is set to speak out about her divorce from...
    MICROSOFT'S next-gen console is finally back in stock over at Amazon in the UK. The Xbox Series X is now on sale with stock available for immediate shipping. 1The Xbox Series X is back in stock at AmazonCredit: Microsoft / Xbox That means you're not pre-ordering for stock in the future. Currently, orders made before midnight today are listed as being delivered on Thursday, March 3. Importantly, this is stock-dependent – so it's possible that all available consoles could be snapped up right away. Xbox Series X at Amazon for £449 – buy here It's been two-and-a-half years since the Xbox Series X launched, but it's been tricky to get a hold of. Stock has been snapped up quickly by keen gamers looking to play the latest games. Most read in Tech'GRAVE LOSS' Son of Microsoft CEO dies aged 26 after being born with cerebral palsySKY SHOW Moon alignment February 2022 LIVE – Tips for viewing...
    A pilot enrolled as an Army reservist has died after his twin-engine plane crashed into an 18-wheeler truck and sparked a fire in North Carolina, causing a segment of the I-85 to close on Wednesday afternoon.' Raymond John Ackley, 43, died at the scene, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. He was part of the North Carolina National Guard since 2009 and was deployed in Kuwait and Afghanistan for a year in 2011, WCNC revealed. A spokesman National Guard told Dailymail.com that Ackley 'served honorably' and was admired by all who knew him.    Ackley was also working for Microsoft for the past 13 years in engineering and customer-support roles.    'Ray touched many lives at Microsoft in positive ways,' Adam DePue, who created the GoFundMe page, wrote on the site. 'He was also a very genuine person, who always cared for the people who worked with him and was a very sincere and dedicated team member at Microsoft.'  'He is a tremendous loss and we will miss him,' DePue, who is a principal engineering manager at Microsoft, added on...
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