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A massive trove of Microsoft’s internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online.
The leaked code is Microsoft’s Shared Source Kit: according to people who have seen its contents, it includes the source to the base Windows 10 hardware drivers plus Redmond’s PnP code, its USB and Wi-Fi stacks, its storage drivers, and ARM-specific OneCore kernel code.
Anyone who has this information can scour it for security vulnerabilities, which could be exploited to hack Windows systems worldwide. The code runs at the heart of the operating system, at some of its most trusted levels.
Netizens with access to Beta Archive’s private repo of material can, even now, still get hold of the divulged data completely for free. It is being described by some as a bigger leak than the Windows 2000 source code blab in 2004.
Spokespeople for Microsoft were not available for comment.
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World Backup Day is a yearly backup awareness event celebrated on March 31st.
A backup is a second copy of all your important files, for example, your family photos, company documents, emails, etc. Instead of storing this data all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything in a safe place. Here at POCC, we backup our data daily to the cloud. To celebrate this day, we test our backup systems to ensure they are working as expected and that we can and restore this data in the event of an issue.
Here are some interesting backup facts:
- 30% of people have never performed a data backup.
- 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute.
- 29% of data disasters are caused by accident.
- 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses or malware each month.
Are you prepared when disaster strikes? Will you be an April Fool?
Contact us to ensure your data is safe!
Take the backup pledge today!
Remote support has long been a staple of the IT world. Having the ability to remotely connect to a client’s computer and help them fix their issues has become a standard offering in most IT shops.
Power On Computing is pleased to now offer this functionality for our Android device users as well. Simply download the Inkwire application from the play store, generate an access code to share your screen and we will remotely connect to your device to fix your issues.
Inkwire is available on the Google Play Store for free – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koushikdutta.inkwire&hl=en
Yahoo announced late yesterday that their servers have been victim to yet another security breach, this time affecting over one billion (that’s billion, with a B) Yahoo user accounts. Yahoo has not as of yet been able to identify the intrusion associated with this latest security breach. This means they don’t know who broke in nor how they did so.
From their statement:
As Yahoo previously disclosed in November, law enforcement provided the company with data files that a third party claimed was Yahoo user data. The company analyzed this data with the assistance of outside forensic experts and found that it appears to be Yahoo user data. Based on further analysis of this data by the forensic experts, Yahoo believes an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts.
If you or anybody you know uses Yahoo’s services in any way, it is HIGHLY recommended that you take steps now to protect yourself. Change your password, update security questions, and watch every account you had tied to Yahoo’s email or other services. If you used your Yahoo account credentials on any other site or used the same username / password combination on other sites, it is STRONGLY recommended that you change the password and security questions for those accounts as well.
Yahoo has created a FAQ page providing more information and steps you can take to protect yourself
Hopefully, by now, many readers will be aware of the scam messages that can pop up on your computer screen telling you that your computer may be at risk, and to call a special number for “technical support”.
Of course, the scam warnings are not legitimate and the person you are calling is not a real Microsoft support engineer. And yet, many computer users have been fooled into making contact, and ended up either with an expensive and unnecessary bill or granting hackers access to their PC.
The scams are more successful for the fraudsters the more convincing that their warning appears.
Now a security researcher has discovered a way that scammers can subvert a mechanism in the Microsoft Edge browser that was built with the intention of protecting users from dangerous websites – to actually help a scam be committed. . .
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