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Tech support scams reported to Microsoft

Teaming up in the war on tech support scams

(Editors note: Erik Wahlstrom spoke about the far-reaching impact of tech support scams and the need for industry-wide cooperation in his RSA Conference 2018 talk Tech Scams: It's Time to Release the Hounds.) Introduction Social engineering attacks like tech support ... continue reading

Tapping the intelligent cloud to make security better and easier

Security
There has been a distinct shift in my conversations with customers over the last year. Most have gone from asking can we still keep our assets secure as we adopt cloud services?, to declaring, we are adopting cloud services in ... continue reading
Hunting down Dofoil with Windows Defender ATP

Hunting down Dofoil with Windows Defender ATP

Dofoil is a sophisticated threat that attempted to install coin miner malware on hundreds of thousands of computers in March, 2018. In previous blog posts we detailed how behavior monitoring and machine learning in Windows Defender AV protected customers from ... continue reading

Take these steps to stay safe from counterfeit software and fraudulent subscriptions

This post is authored by Matt Lundy, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft. Software piracy and fraudulent subscriptions are serious, industry-wide problems affecting consumers and organizations around the world. In 2016, 39 percent of all software installed on computers was not properly ... continue reading
Why Windows Defender Antivirus is the most deployed in the enterprise

Why Windows Defender Antivirus is the most deployed in the enterprise

Statistics about the success and sophistication of malware can be daunting. The following figure is no different: Approximately 96% of all malware is polymorphic meaning that it is only experienced by a single user and device before it is replaced ... continue reading
Flash storage

Microsoft creates industry standards for datacenter hardware storage and security

Azure
Today I’m speaking at the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit 2018 in San Jose where we are announcing a next generation specification for solid state device (SSD) storage, Project Denali. We’re also discussing Project Cerberus, which provides a critical ... continue reading
Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 23 is now available

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 23 is now available

As security incidents and events keep making headlines, Microsoft is committed to helping our customers and the rest of the security community to make sense of the risks and offer recommendations. Old and new malware continues to get propagated through ... continue reading
Poisoned peer-to-peer app kicked off Dofoil coin miner outbreak

Poisoned peer-to-peer app kicked off Dofoil coin miner outbreak

On March 7, we reported that a massive Dofoil campaign attempted to install malicious cryptocurrency miners on hundreds of thousands of computers. Windows Defender Antivirus, with its behavior monitoring, machine learning technologies, and layered approach to security detected and blocked ... continue reading
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Heuristic DNS detections in Azure Security Center

Azure
We have heard from many customers about their challenges with detecting highly evasive threats. To help provide guidance, we published Windows DNS server logging for network forensics and the introduction of the Azure DNS Analytics solution. Today, we are discussing ... continue reading
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