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How the CIA infects air-gapped networks

Sprawling “Brutal Kangarooldquo; spreads malware using booby-trapped USB drives.

Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

Redmond adds UI tweaks, more emojis and Edge enticements Microsoft has released the newest build of Windows 10 Insider, version 16226, to developers on its fast-track release list.…

‘GhostHook’ Foils Windows 10 64-bit’s Kernel Protection

Microsoft says an attacker needs kernel-level access before they can use the 'GhostHook' technique to install a rootkit.

BrandPost: NVM Express Has Transformed Fast Storage in the Cloud –...

If we go back to 2009, the work to define NVM Express (NVMe) had just begun, and around that same time, Microsoft Azure made its first major purchase of Serial ATA (SATA) based solid-state drives (SSDs) to help accelerate its storage servers by offloading the storage commit log. Microsoft knew that non-volatile memory (e.g, NAND Flash) would become very important for cloud computing, although it was still very expensive and restricted to use in limited applications.
It was also clear to Microsoft that the SATA interface would be unsuitable to handle the performance of future high performance SSDs.In 2011, as NVM Express had just had its first revision published, a competing standards proposal came on the scene called SCSI Express.
SCSI Express was designed to use the traditional SCSI command set (including three decades of legacy infrastructure for hard drives) on top of the PCI Express interface. Looking at the technical merits, there was consensus in the Microsoft Windows and Azure teams that NVMe was the better interface definition for NAND Flash and to scale to future NVM technologies (e.g., 3D XPointtrade; Technology, MRAM, etc). Microsoft worried that competing standards would lead to many headaches in the market, and thus, Microsoft Azure decided at the time to support the NVMe standard and collaborate with other industry leaders promoting NVMe including Cisco, Dell, Intel, Micron, Microsemi, NetApp, Oracle, Samsung, Seagate, WD to avoid bifurcation of the market by investing in NVMe to ensure it met the needs of the Cloud.
In this article, we will describe the journey of the past five years, where today NVMe is the predominant SSD interface used by Microsoft Azure.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows...

Redmond shrugs, says PC would already need to be thoroughly pwned Flaws in Microsoft PatchGuard create a means for hackers to plant rootkits on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices.…

GhostHook Attack Bypasses Windows 10 PatchGuard

Researchers at CyberArk have developed a bypass for Windows PatchGuard that leverages Intel's Processor Trace (Intel PT) technology to execute code at the kernel.

Amazon Prime Gets You 50% off Razer Wildcat Controller for Xbox...

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A closer look at what Windows 10 S can and can’t...

Microsoft is being remarkably coy about its newest Windows edition, so I went digging. Here are a few details you won't find anywhere else about what you get with the locked-down configuration of Windows 10 S.

Windows 10 S is the future (but not the present) of...

It's easy to focus on all the things that the latest edition of Windows 10 can't do.

But in a world defined by security holes and data breaches, maybe a locked-down Windows isn't such a bad idea after all.

​Windows 10 does temporarily disable third-party antivirus, admits Microsoft

But Microsoft rebuts claims that it's been using underhand tactics in Windows 10 against third-party antivirus.

Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn’t...

Redmond readies the ground for Kaspersky's EU antitrust suit Windows 10 does disable some third-party security software, Microsoft has admitted, but because of compatibility – not competitive – issues.…

Say Goodbye to SMBv1 in Windows Fall Creators Update

The SMBv1 file-sharing protocol abused by the NSArsquo;s EternalBlue exploit to spread WannaCry ransomware is being disabled in the upcoming Windows Fall Creators Update, or Redstone 3.