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

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
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Detecting stealthier cross-process injection techniques with Windows Defender ATP: Process hollowing and atom bombing

Advanced cyberattacks emphasize stealth and persistence: the longer they stay under the radar, the more they can move laterally, exfiltrate data, and cause damage. To avoid detection, attackers are increasingly turning to cross-process injection. Cross-process injection gives attackers the ability ... continue reading
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Partnering with the AV ecosystem to protect our Windows 10 customers

On Friday May 12th, and for several days afterwards, more than a quarter-million computers around the world fell victim to the ransomware known as WannaCrypt or WannaCry. As that recent event has shown, malicious actors bring nearly boundless time and ... continue reading
Windows 10 Creators Update provides next-gen ransomware protection

Windows 10 Creators Update provides next-gen ransomware protection

Multiple high-profile incidents have demonstrated that ransomware can have catastrophic effects on all of us. From personally losing access to your own digital property, to being impacted because critical infrastructure or health care services are unexpectedly unavailable for extended periods ... continue reading
Three basic security hygiene tips from Microsoft’s Identity Team

Three basic security hygiene tips from Microsoft’s Identity Team

This post is authored by Alex Weinert from the Identity Division’s Security and Protection Team. Hey there! I want to share three basic hygiene tips for account protection that every organization should consider. Applying these will go a long way ... continue reading
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WannaCrypt ransomware worm targets out-of-date systems

On May 12, 2017 we detected a new ransomware that spreads like a worm by leveraging vulnerabilities that have been previously fixed. While security updates are automatically applied in most computers, some users and enterprises may delay deployment of patches ... continue reading
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Serving AI with Data: A Summary of Build 2017 Data Innovations

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group This week at the annual Microsoft Build conference, we are discussing how, more than ever, organizations are relying on developers to create breakthrough experiences. With big data, ... continue reading
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Combating a spate of Java malware with machine learning in real-time

In recent weeks, we have seen a surge in emails carrying fresh malicious Java (.jar) malware that use new techniques to evade antivirus protection. But with our research team’s automated expert systems and machine learning models, Windows 10 PCs get ... continue reading

Python in SQL Server 2017: enhanced in-database machine learning

We are excited to share the preview release of in-database analytics and machine learning with Python in SQL Server. Python is one of the most popular languages for data science and has a rich ecosystem of powerful libraries. Starting with ... continue reading
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Delivering AI with data: the next generation of Microsoft’s data platform

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group Leveraging intelligence out of the ever-increasing amounts of data can make the difference between being the next market disruptor or being relegated to the pages of history ... continue reading