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Microsoft Acquires Activision Blizzard, Enters Metaverse

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Tech giant Microsoft disclosed acquiring one of the biggest game publisher companies, Activision Blizzard for around $68.7 bln. Microsoft said that the move is a step towards entering the metaverse. Metaverse is a virtual environment where users interact via 3D avatars. Fungible and non-fungible...

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Microsoft will close Azure Blockchain platform

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Microsoft will close its cloud blockchain platform Azure Blockchain Service on September 10, 2021. The service does not support the deployment of new projects from May 10. The clients of the platform are JPMorgan financial holding, Starbucks coffee chain, and Singapore Airlines. Users were asked to...

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Microsoft and Intel have improved search for hidden miners

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The Microsoft Defender enterprise endpoint solution has incorporated Intel's threat detection technology to quickly compute hacker programs for cryptocurrency mining. Intel Threat Detection Technology (TDT) relies on telemetry data to detect any anomalies in CPU performance. Unlike other types of...

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Microsoft helps hospitals deal with extortion amid COVID-19

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft decided to help hospitals and protect them from extortion attacks. Microsoft has identified dozens of healthcare facilities with vulnerable VPNs and other publicly accessible gateway applications. The company explained: “When organizations switched to remote...

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Microsoft servers were infected for Vollar and Monero mining

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Users of Microsoft SQL were becoming victims of a malicious OS. Attackers managed to covertly extract Monero and another dollar-tied altcoin Vollar (VDS), which combines elements of privacy and smart contracts. The name of the Vollgar botnet refers to this token, as well as a rough way to gain...

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Ex-Microsoft programmer stole $10 million with Bitcoin mixer

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Seattle District Court found Microsoft ex-tester Volodymyr Kvashuk guilty of organizing a fraudulent scheme using crypto. This was reported on the website of the US Department of Justice. From August 2016 to June 2018, the 25-year-old citizen of Ukraine, Kvashuk worked in the team of the Universal...

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Mining script found in the photo of the deceased Kobe Bryant

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Microsoft's cyber threat investigation team discovered malware for hidden mining in a desktop wallpaper featuring basketball player Kobe Bryant who died last week in a plane crash. While the world mourns the loss of an NBA legend, cybercriminals are, as expected, taking advantage of the tragedy. We...

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Millennials invest in bitcoin more than in Microsoft

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Born in the late 80s and early 90s, people prefer to invest in cryptocurrencies and high-tech startups, rather than in the entertainment industry. This is evidenced by research data from the American brokerage company Charles Schwab. Millennials invest more in Bitcoins managed by the Grayscale...

Microsoft found a crypto miner that attacked 80000 computers

Microsoft found a crypto miner that attacked 80000 computers

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Microsoft security engineers talked about a new kind of crypto-miner Dexphot, which since October 2018 has infected almost 80,000 computers running Windows. The malware reached its peak in June 2019. Microsoft experts emphasized the rather high level of complexity of the new crypto-jacking program....

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Microsoft presents enterprise token mining platform

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Marley Gray, a chief engineer at ‌Microsoft, says that the corporation aims to make the construction of crypto tokens in the cloud as simple as using a printer. Gray mentioned this after the announcement of the Azure Blockchain Tokens platform on Monday. Gray is sure that just like printers were...

Microsoft and Salesforce join to Hyperledger Blockchain Consortium

Microsoft and Salesforce join to Hyperledger Blockchain Consortium

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Two of the world’s greatest software corporations flocked to a Hyperledger consortium. After this event, the corporation from the Linux Foundation began gathering more steam. It was reported this week that 8 large enterprises would start their blockchain path by joining Hyperledger. Besides two...