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Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (January, 2018)

Hello there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series! As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, ... continue reading
Detonating a bad rabbit: Windows Defender Antivirus and layered machine learning defenses

Detonating a bad rabbit: Windows Defender Antivirus and layered machine learning defenses

Security
Windows Defender Antivirus uses a layered approach to protection: tiers of advanced automation and machine learning models evaluate files to reach a verdict on suspected malware. While Windows Defender AV detects a vast majority of new malware files at first ... continue reading
Detonating a bad rabbit: Windows Defender Antivirus and layered machine learning defenses

Detonating a bad rabbit: Windows Defender Antivirus and layered machine learning defenses

Windows Defender Antivirus uses a layered approach to protection: tiers of advanced automation and machine learning models evaluate files in order to reach a verdict on suspected malware. While Windows Defender AV detects a vast majority of new malware files ... continue reading
Microsoft teams up with law enforcement and other partners to disrupt Gamarue (Andromeda)

Microsoft teams up with law enforcement and other partners to disrupt Gamarue (Andromeda)

Security
Today, with help from Microsoft security researchers, law enforcement agencies around the globe, in cooperation with Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), announced the disruption of Gamarue, a widely distributed malware that has been used in networks of infected computers collectively ... continue reading

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (December, 2017-Part 1)

Hello there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series! As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, ... continue reading
Stopping ransomware where it counts: Protecting your data with Controlled folder access

Stopping ransomware where it counts: Protecting your data with Controlled folder access

Security
Windows Defender Exploit Guard is a new set of host intrusion prevention capabilities included with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. One of its features, Controlled folder access, stops ransomware in its tracks by preventing unauthorized access to your important files ... continue reading
Ransomware 1H 2017 review: Global outbreaks reinforce the value of security hygiene

Ransomware 1H 2017 review: Global outbreaks reinforce the value of security hygiene

Security
In the first six months of 2017, ransomware threats reached new levels of sophistication. The same period also saw the reversal of a six-month downward trend in ransomware encounters. New ransomware code was released at a higher rate with increasing ... continue reading
Windows Defender Antivirus instant protection from the cloud

Windows Defender Antivirus cloud protection service: Advanced real-time defense against never-before-seen malware

Security
For cybercriminals, speed is the name of the game. It takes newly released malware an average of just four hours to achieve its goal—steal financial information, extort money, or cause widespread damage. In a recent report, the Federal Trade Commission ... continue reading
Figure 1. Infection cycle overview

Exploring the crypt: Analysis of the WannaCrypt ransomware SMB exploit propagation

Security
On May 12, there was a major outbreak of WannaCrypt ransomware. WannaCrypt directly borrowed exploit code from the ETERNALBLUE exploit and the DoublePulsar backdoor module leaked in April by a group calling itself Shadow Brokers. Using ETERNALBLUE, WannaCrypt propagated as ... continue reading
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