The SMBv1 file-sharing protocol abused by the NSA’s EternalBlue exploit to spread WannaCry ransomware is being disabled in the upcoming Windows Fall Creators Update, or Redstone 3.
The bad guys are using old tricks to hide very modern nasty surprises in Word documents. We take a look at how they’re doing that
Microsoft is kind enough to offer Surface Laptop users the option to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free until later this year if they don’t like Windows 10 S, which is installed by default and is only able to run apps or games that are in the Windows Store. The company is taking that generosity one step further by letting users revert back to Windows 10 S if they installed Windows 10 Pro and aren’t happy with the performance and battery life. The option to revert back to the default OS wasn’t available until now. MSPoweruser reports: Microsoft recently released the official recovery image for the Surface Laptop which will technically let you go back to Windows 10 S on your device but you’ll be required to remove all of your files which is a bit frustrating. The recovery image wasn’t available a few days after the Surface Laptop started shipping, but it is now available and you can download it to effectively reset your Surface Laptop. The recovery image is 9GB, so make sure you have a good internet connection before downloading the file. It is quite interesting how Microsoft isn’t letting users go back to Windows 10 S from Windows 10 Pro without having to completely reset their devices, as the company would want more users to use its new version of Windows 10 for many reasons. Maybe this is something Microsoft will be adding in the future, but for now, we’ll just have to do with the recovery image. If you own a Surface Laptop, you can find the recovery image here.
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Mike Mimoso and Chris Brook discuss the news of the week, including Microsoft’s XP patches, Hidden Cobra, a Nigerian BEC campaign, MacRansom, and more.
University officials said users likely kicked off a ransomware attack that infected a dozen personal and shared drives by visiting a compromised website.
Dust off your company procedures for Patch Tuesday! XP gets a raft of official updates this month to fix publicly-known holes.
Citing an elevated risk for destructive attacks, Microsoft today included patches for vulnerabilities in Windows XP among its Patch Tuesday updates.
Microsoft’s strategy for containing global cyberattacks is so crazy it just might work. Or is it just plain crazy?
The normal lifecycle of an Office exploit can take months – what makes this latest Word exploit different?
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:
After months of speculation, Microsoft is unveiling its “Project Scorpio” games console today, and it’s officially named Xbox One X. Microsoft’s Xbox One X naming comes just days after the company trademarked a mysterious S logo, and started dropping Scorpio hints in its E3 teaser videos. Microsoft is planning to launch the Xbox One X on November 7th worldwide. All existing Xbox One accessories will work on the new Xbox One X, alongside all existing Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles and Xbox One games. Microsoft is even planning to use “super sampling” on the One X to make new games look better even on 1080p TVs. [YouTube] The new console will ship with 6 teraflops of graphical power, more than its main competitor, the PS4 Pro, with 4.2 teraflops. Microsoft is using a custom GPU engine on Scorpio that runs at 1172MHz, a big increase over the Xbox One’s 853MHz and even Sony’s 911MHz found on the PS4 Pro.
Microsoft says the new Xbox One X is the “smallest Xbox ever.”
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