Shadow Brokers threaten to unleash more hacking tools | Technology | The Guardian

The so-called Shadow Brokers, who claimed responsibility for releasing NSA tools that were used to spread the WannaCry ransomware through the NHS and across the world, said they have a new suite of tools and vulnerabilities in newer software. The possible targets include Microsoft’s Windows 10, which was unaffected by the initial attack and is on at least 500m devices around the world.

Fuente: Shadow Brokers threaten to unleash more hacking tools | Technology | The Guardian


Google and Microsoft in war of words over bug disclosure | Technology | The Guardian

The bug, which allows privilege escalation in Windows, was discovered by Google on 21 October. An attacker can use it to access things they should not be able to, and according to Google, it is already being actively exploited in the wild.

Fuente: Google and Microsoft in war of words over bug disclosure | Technology | The Guardian


How old do you look? I wouldn’t ask the internet | Tim Dowling | Opinion | The Guardian

The how-old.net website – which uses photos to judge your age – didn’t work for me. For women and refugees, of course, there’s the Daily Mail

Fuente: How old do you look? I wouldn’t ask the internet | Tim Dowling | Opinion | The Guardian


Microsoft, en el punto de mira de la AEPD por la dudosa privacidad de Windows 10. Noticias de Tecnología

La Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) tiene a Microsoft en el punto de mira. ¿El motivo? Existe preocupación relacionada con Windows 10 y el tratamiento de los datos de los usuarios. “La AEPD está estudiando el funcionamiento de Windows 10”, explican fuentes de la agencia después de que su homólogo francés, la Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL, en sus siglas en inglés), haya exigido a Redmond en las últimas horas que debe acatar las leyes francesas de protección de datos en un plazo máximo de tres meses.

Fuente: Microsoft, en el punto de mira de la AEPD por la dudosa privacidad de Windows 10. Noticias de Tecnología


Microsoft Pitches Technology That Can Read Facial Expressions at Political Rallies

On the 21st floor of a high-rise hotel in Cleveland, in a room full of political operatives, Microsoft’s Research Division was advertising a technology that could read each facial expression in a massive crowd, analyze the emotions, and report back in real time. “You could use this at a Trump rally,” a sales representative told me.

Fuente: Microsoft Pitches Technology That Can Read Facial Expressions at Political Rallies


Microsoft wins battle with US over data privacy – FT.com

Microsoft has defeated a US order to hand over a customer’s email that was stored in Ireland, dealing the US government the latest setback in its struggle with the tech industry over the reach of law enforcement and the limits of personal privacy.

Fuente: Microsoft wins battle with US over data privacy – FT.com


Microsoft y Apple redoblan lucha por privacidad de datos en EEUU – El Mostrador

Si bien estos casos judiciales destacados han sumado impulso, la ofensiva del sector contra la intrusión gubernamental en la información privada de los clientes comenzó hace al menos dos años, luego de las revelaciones de Edward Snowden sobre la recolección encubierta de datos que pusieron a todos a la defensiva.

Fuente: Microsoft y Apple redoblan lucha por privacidad de datos en EEUU – El Mostrador


Bill Gates backs FBI in battle with Apple over San Bernardino killer's phone | Technology | The Guardian

US government is asking for a particular case, and Apple should comply, says Microsoft co-founder Gates

Fuente: Bill Gates backs FBI in battle with Apple over San Bernardino killer’s phone | Technology | The Guardian


We cannot afford another digital divide – FT.com

Cloud computing is one of the most important transformations of our time. Although when you think of it, you probably think of entertainment, gaming and messaging apps, it also has significant applications to health, education and development. But

Fuente: We cannot afford another digital divide – FT.com


Microsoft olvida un ‘bug’ de hace 18 años que hace vulnerable a todas las versiones de Windows – BioBioChile

Microsoft olvida un ‘bug’ de hace 18 años que hace vulnerable a todas las versiones de Windows – BioBioChile.


AFP

AFP

Publicado por Eduardo Woo

El grupo de seguridad informática CERT ha reportado esta semana un error (o bug)en Windows que permite robar contraseñas desde cualquier versión, incluido Windows 10, servidores y tabletas.

El problema afecta ya a más de 30 empresas, las que han comenzado a ser asesoradas por el equipo especializado, quienes notaron que la falla existe desde hace 18 años.

Este bug se ha bautizado como “redirección a SMB”, debido al protocolo Server Message Block implicado, según informa el diario español El Confidencial.

De momento se desconoce una solución a la amenaza, la que debiera ser corregida por Microsoft mediante un parche, que aún no llega a las distintas versiones.


Microsoft modifica política que le permitía leer correos de usuarios – BioBioChile

Microsoft modifica política que le permitía leer correos de usuarios – BioBioChile.


Daniel Medina (BBCL)

Daniel Medina (BBCL)

Publicado por Daniel Medina
Una importante modificación en sus políticas realizó la compañía Microsoft luego de reconocer que accedió a la cuenta de Hotmail de un blogger francés con el fin de recabar información sobre las filtraciones que llevó a cabo un empleado del gigante del software.

La cláusula que hasta hace poco aparecía en las condiciones de servicio de sus productos le otorgaba la facultad de revisar los correos electrónicos si contaba con sospechas de que los usuarios se encontraran intercambiando información sensible de la compañía.

Sin embargo, a partir de ahora Microsoft confirmó que el trabajo de revisión de las casillas lo derivará a las policías correspondientes, según recoge el medio británico The Register. Con esto da pie atrás al anuncio que realizó la semana pasada, respecto a que la indagatoria la delegaría a un grupo independiente de la empresa en el caso de contar con antecedentes suficientes para establecer una acusación contra un usuario por malas prácticas.


Microsoft caught up in fresh privacy storm – FT.com

Microsoft caught up in fresh privacy storm – FT.com.

A Visitor touches a surface tablet at the Microsoft stand at the 2014 CeBIT technology Trade fair on March 10 2014 in Hanover, Germany©Getty

Microsoft on Thursday scrambled to head off a privacy storm after it was revealed that the software company had searched through the private email of a blogger it suspected of having received stolen software code.

The concession marked one of the most damaging privacy gaffes to hit a leading US technology company since revelations in 2013 that the country’s National Security Agency had been spying on their users. The companies involved, including Microsoft, reacted with outrage at the secret government snooping.

On Thursday, the software company first sought to play down the outcry over its email search in a statement defending the move, before following up only hours later with a promise of new and stronger procedures to reassure users that their privacy would be protected in such cases.

Microsoft’s examination of a user’s Hotmail account took place after it was tipped off that the account holder, a blogger, had been handed some stolen lines of code from the Windows 8 operating system. It used the information to identify and fire an employee accused of taking the code.

The email search was revealed in a case by US prosecutors against the employee, Alex Kibalko.

Microsoft initially released a statement claiming that, although it did not have a court order to conduct the search, it had good reason to believe the blogger had received the code. It added that it searched users’ email accounts “only in the most exceptional circumstances”.

The company’s privacy policy gives it the right to look at private information to “protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers”.

Soon after, however, it released a second statement outlining new steps to reassure users it would not spy on their private communications.

These would include referring all cases like this to a former federal judge to seek an independent opinion, based on the same standards of evidence that would apply if it was seeking an official court order, said John Frank, deputy general counsel.

“The privacy of our customers is incredibly important to us, and while we believe our actions in this particular case were appropriate given the specific circumstances, we want to be clear about how we will handle similar situations going forward,” Mr Frank said.

Microsoft also discloses twice a year how many searches such as this that it has carried out – the same level of disclosure that it has pressed the US government to reveal searches by the NSA.