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Chinese Hackers Breached the Email of Government Officials by Cracking a Microsoft Engineer’s Account
09/11/2023 9:53:10 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 6 replies
Breitbart ^ | 09/11/2023 | LUCAS NOLAN
Chinese hackers broke into a Microsoft engineer’s corporate account, leading to the unauthorized access of email accounts belonging to senior U.S. officials, casting a shadow over the tech giant’s cybersecurity measures. The hack occurred in June, but the company just completed an internal investigation that pointed the finger at its own sloppy security practices. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has disclosed that China-linked hackers compromised the corporate account of one of its engineers, then used this unauthorized access to steal a digital key in order to forge authentication tokens. These tokens granted them access to email accounts on Microsoft’s cloud servers,...

China Suspected of Using AI on Social Media to Sway US Voters, Microsoft Says
09/09/2023 1:00:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
AsiaOne ^ | SEPTEMBER 08, 2023
Microsoft researchers said on Thursday (Sept 7) they found what they believe is a network of fake, Chinese-controlled social media accounts seeking to influence US voters by using artificial intelligence. A Chinese embassy spokesperson in Washington said that accusations of China using AI to create fake social media accounts were "full of prejudice and malicious speculation" and that China advocates for the safe use of AI. In a new research report, Microsoft said the social media accounts were part of a suspected Chinese information operation. The campaign bore similarities to activity which the US Department of Justice has attributed to...

China-Based Hackers Impersonated US Voters With AI-generated Propaganda During 2022 Elections: Microsoft
09/08/2023 7:35:04 AM PDT · by CFW · 12 replies
Epoch Times ^ | 9/7/23 | Andrew Thornebrooke
China-based hackers impersonated American voters online and used artificial intelligence (AI) to create and promote divisive online content during the 2022 midterm elections, according to a report by Microsoft. The effort was part of a series of covert influence operations by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) intended to mimic U.S. voters from across the political spectrum and create controversy along racial, economic, and ideological lines, according to the Sept. 7 report. “Ahead of the 2022 U.S. midterms, Microsoft and industry partners observed CCP-affiliated social media accounts impersonating U.S. voters—new territory for CCP-affiliated [influence operations],” the report reads.

Summary of Changes to the Microsoft Services Agreement – September 30, 2023
09/02/2023 8:38:18 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
microsoft, ^ | 8/15/23 | microsoft,
Summary of Changes to the Microsoft Services Agreement – September 30, 2023 We are updating the Microsoft Services Agreement, which applies to your use of Microsoft consumer online products and services. This page provides a summary of the most notable changes to the Microsoft Services Agreement. To see all of the changes, please read the full Microsoft Services Agreement here. In the header, we updated the publication date to July 30, 2023, and the effective date to September 30, 2023. In the Your Privacy section, we expanded the definition of “Your Content” to include content that is generated by your...

Ex-wife arrested in killing of Florida Microsoft executive gunned down in front of daughter
08/17/2023 11:07:40 AM PDT · by DFG · 32 replies
NY Post ^ | 08/17/2023 | Selim Algar
The ex-wife of a Florida Microsoft executive who was gunned down in front of his 2-year-old daughter last year has been arrested in Washington state and charged in connection with the killing — and prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty in the case. Long a suspect in father-of-four Jared Bridegan’s brutal Jacksonville Beach slaying, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez was collared after a grand jury handed down a first-degree murder indictment Thursday morning. “Shanna Gardner’s indictment acknowledges her central and key role in the cold, calculated and premeditated murder of Jared Bridegan,” State Attorney Melissa Nelson said at a press...

If Microsoft made the F18
08/04/2023 9:27:36 AM PDT · by rey · 24 replies

Decades ago, someone had done a satirical piece I’m trying to find on, what if MicroSoft had built the F18? It had things about how you would have to shutdown and restart the plane a couple of times a day and you wouldn’t question that and if you attempted to deploy the ejection seat you would get a message reading, “Are you sure you want to deploy ejection seat?” Stuff like that. Can anyone supply a link to this satirical piece or supply the list? Thanks.

Biden's Commerce Secretary's email HACKED by Chinese spies: Cyber espionage campaign exploited gap to get into Gina Raimondo's Microsoft cloud account
07/13/2023 12:55:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
Daily Mail ^ | 7/13/23 | Katelyn Caralle
An FBI investigation is underway after Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo's email was hacked into by Chinese cyberspies. U.S. officials say that Raimondo is the only Cabinet-level official whose account was compromised in the attack, according to The Washington Post – but a congressional staffer, human rights advocate and think tank were also targeted. The State Department discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft's cloud last month. The only two executive branch agencies known to have emails breached are the Commerce and State Departments. The targeted cyber espionage campaign has been mitigated. But not before the hackers had access to the email accounts...

Microsoft says Chinese hackers breached email, including U.S. government agencies
07/12/2023 7:59:45 AM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 20 replies
NPR ^ | 7/12/2023 | Jenna McLaughlin
Tech giant Microsoft disclosed on Tuesday evening that it discovered a group of Chinese hackers had broken into some of its customers' email systems to gather intelligence. The company began investigating unusual activity within a few weeks of the initial attack, though the culprits were able to repeatedly manipulate credentials to access accounts. According to the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, one federal government agency first detected unusual activity on its Microsoft 365 email cloud environment last month, and immediately reported the activity to Microsoft and CISA. CISA did not identify the government agency in question...

Microsoft Says its Weird New Particle Could Improve Quantum Computers
06/21/2023 5:00:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
New Scientist ^ | 21 June 2023 | Karmela Padavic-Callaghan
Researchers at Microsoft say they have created elusive quasiparticles called Majorana zero modes – but scientists outside the company are sceptical Microsoft researchers have made a controversial claim that they have seen evidence of an elusive particle that could solve some of the biggest headaches in quantum computing, but some experts are questioning the discovery. Quantum computers process information using quantum bits, or qubits, but current iterations can be prone to error. “What the field needs is a new kind of qubit,” says Chetan Nayak at Microsoft Quantum. He and his colleagues say they have taken a significant step...

Microsoft Blames Massive DDoS Attack for Azure, Outlook, and OneDrive Disruptions
06/19/2023 9:41:23 AM PDT · by MeganC · 12 replies
The Hacker News ^ | Jun 19, 2023 | Ravie Lakshmanan
Microsoft on Friday attributed a string of service outages aimed at Azure, Outlook, and OneDrive earlier this month to an uncategorized cluster it tracks under the name Storm-1359. "These attacks likely rely on access to multiple virtual private servers (VPS) in conjunction with rented cloud infrastructure, open proxies, and DDoS tools," the tech giant said in a post on Friday. Storm-#### (previously DEV-####) is a temporary designation the Windows maker assigns to unknown, emerging, or developing groups whose identity or affiliation hasn't been definitively established yet. While there is no evidence that any customer data was accessed or compromised, the...

Explainer: How to Remove the Pride Flag Microsoft Added to the Windows 11 Taskbar
06/06/2023 12:48:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
Breitbart ^ | June 6, 2023 | Lucas Nolan
Woke Microsoft has added a Pride flag to the widgets board located on the taskbar of Windows 11 to demonstrate its allegiance to the LGBT agenda. Here’s how to disable it. GeekerMag reports that Microsoft has added a Pride flag to the widget board of its newest operating system, Windows 11, as a gesture of support for Pride Month. The decision appears to be an effort by Microsoft to display its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The company believes in the woke LGBT agenda to such a degree that it does give users the option to remove the pride flag...

Microsoft’s president issues warning that foreign adversaries are using AI to ‘defraud’ Americans
06/02/2023 7:45:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
American Thinker ^ | 06/02/2023 | Jack Hellner
The Microsoft president is worried that China, Iran, and Russia will use AI to spread misinformation; from an article out at The Sun last week:Brad Smith gave a speech in Washington on May 25 which discussed how AI could be regulated.Smith’s biggest concern is deep fakes made by AI that end up spreading misinformation.He said: ‘We’re going to have to address in particular what we worry about most foreign cyber influence operations, the kinds of activities that are already taking place by the Russian government, the Chinese, the Iranians.’He added: ‘We need to take steps to protect against the alteration...

Bill Gates’ Young Russian Lover Linked to Kremlin Spy Anna Chapman – Suspicions Arise That He May Have Been Targeted for Kompromat – Epstein Tried to Blackmail Microsoft Boss Over His Affair
05/30/2023 3:23:23 PM PDT · by bitt · 20 replies
The revelations about the Jeffrey Epstein trafficking ring as coming hard and fast, but so far, few stories can compare in terms of impact with the revelations around Mila Antonova, who as a young woman was said to be a ‘lover’ of billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates. We now have seen evidence of a link between Antonova and Russian spy Anna Chapman, and we also learned that Epstein tried to leverage his knowledge of Gates’ relationship with Antonova in order to compel him into investing in a ‘charitable fund’ that the pedophile was setting up. The Daily Mail has reported...

Microsoft kicks Vivek Ramaswamy off LinkedIn !
05/26/2023 7:02:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 119 replies
Hotair ^ | 05/26/2023 | David Strom
Vivek Ramaswamy violated the “hate speech,” “misinformation,” and “violence” policy on LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft Corporation.Vivek, as you know, is a hateful White Supremacist with a history of unhinged ranting and violent threats to everybody. He wields machetes (oops, no, that is a college professor), calls for violent protests in the streets (oops, no, that is Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal), rants about chasing public officials out of restaurants and all public spaces (oops, no, that is Congresswoman Maxine Waters), and holds speakers at colleges hostage (oops, no, that is the woke college students in San Francisco).Well, anyway. Maybe he...

BREAKING: China Hacks Critical U.S. Infrastructure, Microsoft Says
05/24/2023 1:17:52 PM PDT · by McGruff · 55 replies
Breaking 911 ^ | May 24, 2023
Microsoft has uncovered stealthy and targeted malicious activity focused on post-compromise credential access and network system discovery aimed at critical infrastructure organizations in the United States. The attack is carried out by Volt Typhoon, a state-sponsored actor based in China that typically focuses on espionage and information gathering. Microsoft assesses with moderate confidence that this Volt Typhoon campaign is pursuing development of capabilities that could disrupt critical communications infrastructure between the United States and Asia region during future crises. Volt Typhoon has been active since mid-2021 and has targeted critical infrastructure organizations in Guam and elsewhere in the United States....

Bilderberg Group meeting underway in Lisbon includes heads of ChatGPT creator OpenAI, Pfizer, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and… Stacy Abrams
05/22/2023 9:52:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2023 | Thomas Lifson
You don’t have to indulge in any conspiracy theories to find it interesting who got invited to this year’s Bilderberg Group meeting underway in Lisbon. The meetings are secret, with no notes or recordings taken of formal sessions (unlike the WEF), but participants are allowed to talk about what went on so long as they don’t attribute views to anyone – the so-called Chatham House rules. The group bills itself as “an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America. Every year, between 120-140 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, labour, academia, and the media are...

America First Legal Launches Investigation into Microsoft Prioritizing Hiring H-1B Visa Holders Over American Workers
05/21/2023 6:22:32 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 19 replies
Gateway Pundit ^ | May. 21, 2023 | Cassandra MacDonald
America First Legal has launched a government-wide investigation into Microsoft’s apparent prioritizing hiring H-1B Visa holders over American workers. The legal organization has fired off Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Department of Labor, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice. According to AFL, “the government and the private sector continue to put the American people last to propel their open borders agenda – accountability is long overdue. America First Legal is determined to expose any government involvement in this anti-American hiring scheme.”

World’s Elites Scheme At Secretive Annual Bilderberg Meeting: Stacy Abrams, ChatGPT & Microsoft Chiefs Join Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla For Closed Door Meetings On ‘US Leadership’
05/20/2023 10:27:02 AM PDT · by CFW · 32 replies
Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/2/23 | Alicia Powe
Key leadership from companies like Microsoft, ChatGPT, and Google are convening with prime ministers, royalty, bank governors, army generals, and top US officials at the 2023 Bilderberg Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal to strategize about global affairs. Artificial intelligence is the focus of the 69th annual secretive Bilderberg meeting. Over 130 individuals from 23 countries will participate in the private, closed-door deliberations. The three-day event runs this year from May 18 to 21. OpenAI Ceo Sam Altman Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Deept Mind CEO Demis Hassabis, World Economic Forum Agenda Contributor Yuyal Harrari, and PayPal co-founder...

Microsoft will upgrade Windows 10 21H2 users whether they like it or not -- Also, Windows 12 might be on the way, so buckle up
05/15/2023 7:27:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 61 replies
The Register ^ | May 15, 2023 | Jeff Burt
Those still using Windows 10 version 21H2 have about a month until support ends, which means there will be no more security updates or other measures after that. Their options essentially are to upgrade to Windows 10 22H2 or make the move to Windows 11, which would make Microsoft happy. Servicing and support for the Windows 10 21H1 Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro Workstation editions ends June 13, with the June 2023 security update – due out that same day – being the last one for those editions. "After this date, devices running these versions will no longer receive...

Microsoft Signs Up to Buy Electricity Produced by Fusion, Perhaps in 2028
05/12/2023 2:35:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
The Register ^ | Fri 12 May 2023 | Simon Sharwood
How complicated can cold fusion be, really?Fusion upstart Helion Energy has named Microsoft as its first customer, and claims the software giant should be able to use electricity made by mashing together helium atoms from 2028. Which may come as a surprise to many, given that nuclear fusion – outside of stars and incredibly destructive bombs – remains largely theoretical. The few successes in the field have produced modest net energy gains. The most celebrated recent fusion experiment, revealed by Lawrence Livermore Laboratory's National Ignition Facility in late 2022, produced 3.15 megajoules (MJ) of fusion energy output using 2.05 MJ...
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