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


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 demanda al gobierno de EE.UU. por solicitudes de datos de usuarios – FayerWayer

La compañía acusa al Departamento de Justicia de prohibirles el derecho a informar a sus clientes de saber que están recopilando su información, un requerimiento que sería inconstitucional.

Fuente: Microsoft demanda al gobierno de EE.UU. por solicitudes de datos de usuarios – FayerWayer


Microsoft Says U.S. Is Abusing Secret Warrants

“WE APPRECIATE THAT there are times when secrecy around a government warrant is needed,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post on Thursday. “But based on the many secrecy orders we have received, we question whether these orders are grounded in specific facts that truly demand secrecy. To the contrary, it appears that the issuance of secrecy orders has become too routine.”With those words, Smith announced that Microsoft was suing the Department of Justice for the right to inform its customers when the government is reading their emails.

Fuente: Microsoft Says U.S. Is Abusing Secret Warrants


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


Microsoft ordered to give US customer e-mails stored abroad | Ars Technica

Microsoft ordered to give US customer e-mails stored abroad | Ars Technica.

Decision affirms US position that the world’s servers are for the taking.

Microsoft, Sandyford, Co. Dublin.

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Microsoft must hand over e-mails stored on an overseas server to US authorities. The case gives the Obama administration approval to reach into servers abroad.

“It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information,” US District Judge Loretta Preska ruled in a closely followed legal flap. The bench order from the New York judge was stayed pending appeal.

The judge sided with the Obama Administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas—in this case Dublin, Ireland. It’s a position Microsoft and companies like Apple contended was wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border.


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.

 


Grupo sirio piratea Skype acusando a Microsoft de espiar a sus usuarios – BioBioChile

Grupo sirio piratea Skype acusando a Microsoft de espiar a sus usuarios – BioBioChile.

Imagen de Archivo | Nguyen Hung Vu (cc)

Imagen de Archivo | Nguyen Hung Vu (cc)

Publicado por Alberto Gonzalez | La Información es de Agencia AFP
organización de piratas informáticos, atacó este miércoles las cuentas Twitter de la red social Skype para acusar a Microsoft de espiar a sus usuarios.

“No usen los correos electrónicos de Microsoft (hotmail, outlook). Están monitoreando vuestras cuentas y vendiendo datos a los gobiernos. Próximamente más detalles. #SEA”, se pudo leer durante un tiempo en las cuentas de Skype en Twitter.

El mensaje fue posteado alrededor de las 10H30 GMT y borrado menos de dos horas más tarde.

Por el momento Microsoft no emitió comentarios al respecto.

Cabe destacar que el SEA respalda al gobierno de Damasco. En un mensaje en su cuenta de Twitter, el SEA señaló: “Usted puede agradecer a Microsoft por espiar vuestras cuentas y correos”, y a continuación reproduce la información de contacto del director ejecutivo de Microsoft Steve Ballmer.


Skype colabora estrechamente en la vigilancia de los ciudadanos chinos

http://tecnologia.elpais.com/tecnologia/2013/07/30/actualidad/1375195515_205271.html

Un estudio de tres universidades americanas descubre 4.256 términos sobre los que actúa el Gobierno asiático

Un exhaustivo estudio realizado por siete académicos de las universidades de Nuevo México, Nueva York y Toronto ha revelado la estrecha colaboración de Skype con las autoridades chinas para vigilar las conversaciones de sus ciudadanos a través de su mensajería instantánea.

En principio, la finalidad de la investigación que ha llevado casi dos años de tiempo, se centraba en rastrear las palabras claves censuradas o vigiladas, cuándo y cómo se activaban. Para ello escogieron a dos empresas de chats y mensajería instantánea, TOM-Skype y Sina UC.

Los científicos emplearon ingeniería inversa para acceder a sus datos. Lanzaron el anzuelo de una palabra clásica prohibida, que en ese caso fue “fuck” (joder), para a partir de ahí recorrer las entrañas del sistema.

“TOM-Skype incorpora una plataforma de vigilancia y censura sobre sus usuarios como parte de su funcionamiento básico”, se escribe en el informe. “Ese hecho aumenta significativamente las preguntas sobre la responsabilidad social de las compañías occidentales ligadas a TOM SKype: es decir Skype y su propietario, Microsoft”.