Microsofts antihacking efforts make it an internet cop

first_imgIntentionally or not, Microsoft has emerged as a kind of internet cop by devoting considerable resources to thwarting Russian hackers. Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms Companies including Microsoft, Google and Amazon are uniquely positioned to do this because their infrastructure and customers are affected. Turner said they “are defending their own hardware and their own software and to some extent defending their own customers.”Turner said he has not seen anyone in the industry as “out in front and open about” these issues as Microsoft.As industry leaders, Microsoft’s Windows operating systems had long been prime targets for viruses when in 2008 the company formed its Digital Crimes Unit, an international team of attorneys, investigators and data scientists. The unit became known earlier in this decade for taking down botnets, collections of compromised computers used as tools for financial crimes and denial-of-service attacks that overwhelm their targets with junk data.Richard Boscovich, a former federal prosecutor and a senior attorney in Microsoft’s digital crimes unit, testified to the Senate in 2014 about how Microsoft used civil litigation as a tactic. Boscovich is also involved in the fight against Fancy Bear, which Microsoft calls Strontium, according to court filings.To attack botnets, Microsoft would take its fight to courts, suing on the basis of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and other laws and asking judges for permission to sever the networks’ command-and-control structures.”Once the court grants permission and Microsoft severs the connection between a cybercriminal and an infected computer, traffic generated by infected computers is either disabled or routed to domains controlled by Microsoft,” Boscovich said in 2014.He said the process of taking over the accounts, known as “sinkholing,” enabled Microsoft to collect valuable evidence and intelligence used to assist victims.In the latest action against Fancy Bear, a court order filed Monday allowed Microsoft to seize six new domains, which the company said were either registered or used at some point after April 20.Smith said this week the company is still investigating how the newly discovered domains might have been used.A security firm, Trend Micro, identified some of the same fake domains earlier this year. They mimicked U.S. Senate websites, while using standard Microsoft log-in graphics that made them appear legitimate, said Mark Nunnikhoven, Trend Micro’s vice president of cloud research.Microsoft has good reason to take them down, Nunnikhoven said, because they can hurt its brand reputation. But the efforts also fit into a broader tech industry mission to make the internet safer.”If consumers are not comfortable and don’t feel safe using digital products,” they will be less likely to use them, Nunnikhoven said. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The company’s announcement Tuesday that it had identified and forced the removal of fake internet domains mimicking conservative U.S. political institutions triggered alarm on Capitol Hill and led Russian officials to accuse the company of participating in an anti-Russian “witch hunt.”Microsoft stands virtually alone among tech companies with an aggressive approach that uses U.S. courts to fight computer fraud and seize hacked websites back. In the process, it has acted more like a government detective than a global software giant.In the case this week, the company did not just accidentally stumble onto a couple of harmless spoof websites. It seized the latest beachhead in an ongoing struggle against Russian hackers who meddled in the 2016 presidential election and a broader, decade-long legal fight to protect Microsoft customers from cybercrime.”What we’re seeing in the last couple of months appears to be an uptick in activity,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, said in an interview this week. Microsoft says it caught these particular sites early and that there’s no evidence they were used in hacking.The Redmond, Washington, company sued the hacking group best known as Fancy Bear in August 2016, saying it was breaking into Microsoft accounts and computer networks and stealing highly sensitive information from customers. The group, Microsoft said, would send “spear-phishing” emails that linked to realistic-looking fake websites in hopes targeted victims—including political and military figures—would click and betray their credentials.The effort is not just a question of fighting computer fraud but of protecting trademarks and copyright, the company argues.One email introduced as court evidence in 2016 showed a photo of a mushroom cloud and a link to an article about how Russia-U.S. tensions could trigger World War III. Clicking on the link might expose a user’s computer to infection, hidden spyware or data theft.An indictment from U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has tied Fancy Bear to Russia’s main intelligence agency, known as the GRU, and to the 2016 email hacking of both the Democratic National Committee and Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further In this May 11, 2017, file photo Alex Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft, stands on stage after speaking at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference in Seattle. Microsoft stands virtually alone among tech companies with its aggressive approach that uses U.S. courts to fight computer fraud and seize hacked websites back from malicious perpetrators. But in the process, the company is taking on a role that might look more like the job of government than a corporation. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) In this Feb. 27, 2018, file photo Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, left, leaves the Supreme Court in Washington. Microsoft stands virtually alone among tech companies with its aggressive approach that uses U.S. courts to fight computer fraud and seize hacked websites back from malicious perpetrators. “What we’re seeing in the last couple of months appears to be an uptick in activity,” said Smith.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) Some security experts were skeptical about the publicity surrounding Microsoft’s announcement, worried that it was an overblown reaction to routine surveillance of political organizations—potential cyberespionage honey pots— that never rose to the level of an actual hack.The company also used its discovery as an opportunity to announce its new free security service to protect U.S. candidates, campaigns and political organizations ahead of the midterm elections.But Maurice Turner, a senior technologist at the industry-backed Center for Democracy and Technology, said Microsoft is wholly justified in its approach to identifying and publicizing online dangers.”Microsoft is really setting the standards with how public and how detailed they are with reporting out their actions,” Turner said. 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Bakrid Telangana Minister appeals to Muslims to sacrifice sheep not cow

first_img Next Press Trust of India HyderabadJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 21:38 IST I appeal to all Muslim brethren to totally refrain from sacrificing the cow: Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood AliHIGHLIGHTSTelangana Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali appealed to Muslims to sacrifice sheep instead of cows on Bakrid”The cow is respected and worshipped in this faith (Hindu religion),” he saidLaw and order is very good in Telangana, he told reportersAhead of Bakrid next month, Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali has appealed to Muslims to sacrifice sheep instead of cows.”The cow is respected and worshipped in this faith (Hindu religion). I appeal to all Muslim brethren to totally refrain from sacrificing the cow. Instead, offer a small sacrifice. You can sacrifice sheep or any other animals,” he said.Law and order is very good in Telangana, he told reporters here.Ali, who was speaking near Charminar here, further said the four minarets of the iconic structure represent Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity.Quli Qutub Shah built Charminar. The four minarets have been built for Charminar – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christianity. The four have been bound together,” the Minister said.If there is any leader after Quli Qutub Shah who brings (people) together, it is KCR (Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao), he said.ALSO READ | Telangana cabinet reshuffle: KCR leaves out son, nephewALSO READ | KTR pays tribute to Pulwama martyrs, donates Rs 25 lakhALSO WATCH | Alwar lynching: Victim Pehlu Khan chargesheeted by Rajasthan policeFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment 0Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharmaby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYOU MAY LIKETravelzoo 旅游族¥1999起 名古屋6日自由行 探访萤火虫村/乐高乐园 暑期不涨价Travelzoo 旅游族UndoPostFunSurrogate Gives Birth To “Twins” Then Doctors Did A DNA TestPostFunUndoTips and TricksStudies: The Length Of Your Fingers Reveals Your PersonalityTips and TricksUndoGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Till You See Them TodayGive It LoveUndoDating Site | Search AdsOnline Dating Might Be More Fun That You ThinkDating Site | Search AdsUndoTrip Minutes25 Most Dangerous Cities Tourists Should Never VisitTrip MinutesUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksFROM INDIA TODAY GROUPWoman who committed ‘suicide’ in Ghaziabad found alive in BengaluruUndoPooja Batra and Nawab Shah get married in Delhi in dreamy wedding ceremonies. All picsUndoSaddened by induction of Congress MLAs into party, loyal BJP worker quitsUndoMan in Ghaziabad wearing Navy uniform goes to register police complaint, gets arrestedUndoKiara Advani pairs plunging neckline top and track suit with Rs 2 lakh bag at Mumbai airportUndoVirat speaks out on WC semi-final attack, says he was hurt by reactionsUndo Bakrid: Telangana Minister appeals to Muslims to sacrifice sheep not cowAhead of Bakrid next month, Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali has appealed to Muslims to sacrifice sheep instead of cows.advertisementlast_img read more

Mullaperiyar dam safe to store water up to 142 feet Tamil Nadu

first_imgrivers The Tamil Nadu Government had turned down the request saying the century-old reservoir was ‘safe’ enough to store water up to 142 feet. water (natural resource) COMMENTS Kerala SHARE Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has said rumours are being spread over the stability of Mullaperiyar dam with an aim to create a wedge between the people of the State and Kerala, asserting that the reservoir is ‘safe’ to store water up to 142 feet.“Experts have opined that water could be stored upto 142 ft.. There is no need to fear.. The dam is strong.. the dam will not be affected even if there is a tremor or quake,” Panneerselvam told reporters here last night, after visiting the Kumuli road, which got damaged due to a landslide. “People of Kerala are our brothers and sisters.. Some people are trying to create misunderstanding between us,” he said referring to the rumours doing rounds on social media platforms that the Mullaperiyar dam has developed some cracks.The Deputy Chief Minister’s statement comes following a plea made by flood-hit Kerala on August 15, for reducing the water level in the Mullaperiyar reservoir to 139 feet over safety concerns in view of heavy inflows.The Tamil Nadu Government had turned down the request saying the century-old reservoir was ‘safe’ enough to store water up to 142 feet.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had also sought the Centre’s intervention due to concerns over the dam’s safety in view of the swelling inflows.The Supreme Court had on August 16 directed the disaster management sub-committee of Mullaperiyar dam to consider reducing the water level up to 139 feet from the present 142 feet, considering the “grave” flood situation in all the 14 districts of Kerala.The two States are locked in a dispute over the storage level in the dam, situated in the high-range Idukki district of Kerala, which has been raising concerns about the safety of people living downstream.center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Tamil Nadu COMMENT Published on August 19, 2018last_img read more

Enforce law fairly says West Bengal Governor at allparty meet

first_imgThe Governor’s statement comes in the backdrop of spiralling post-poll violence leading to the death of 15 people SHARE SHARE EMAIL West Bengal COMMENT COMMENTS West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi sent out a strong message as he called for protection of democratic institutions, values and rights while ensuring peace and harmony in the State. While, there should be “fair enforcement of law and order”, provocative speeches are to be avoided.Tripathi felt all the political parties should adopt a “constructive approach” and appealed to the people to work in an united manner.The Governor’s statement comes in the backdrop of spiralling post-poll violence leading to the death of 15 people. An all party meeting – which was attended by representatives of the ruling Trinamool Congress, and other opposition parties including BJP, Congress and CPI(M) – was convened, on Thursday, to find a way out of the situation.Although Patha Chatterjee represented the ruling Trinamool Congress, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made her displeasure felt. “Law and order is a state subject and it is not under the Governor’s purview. So what is the point of calling this all- party meeting,” She told a private news channel. At the meeting it was decided that democratic institutions, values and rights should be protected. There should be fair enforcement of the law and order. They agreed “violence should be stopped”; peace and harmony restored; “no provocative speeches should be made by anyone” and “the democratic and social fibre of West Bengal should not be disturbed”.“The fact that the Governor has to convene an all-party meeting to maintain peace shows the sorry state of affairs in West Bengal. It is more than evident now that there is no democracy here,” BJP leader, Jay Prakash Mazumdar, who attended the meeting, told reporters.CPI(M)’s Mohammed Salim pointed out that there was a break down in the administrative machinery with the “law and order scenario worsening”. Soumen Mitra, President of the West Bengal unit of the Congress said, “post poll violence has to stop at all cost”. center_img SHARE Published on June 13, 2019 Keshari Nath Tripathi, West Bengal Governor   –  File photolast_img read more

Rahul in Lok Sabha Fulfil promises to farmers

first_imgPublished on politics Rajnath Singh says Congress is to be blamed; touts PM’s sops for farm sector Speaking for the first time in the Lok Sabha after his party’s resounding defeat in the general election, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of farmers’ suicide and said the government seems to consider farmers “inferior” to businessmen who have been given concessions and loan waivers worth lakhs of crores. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh countered blaming the long years of Congress’ rule for the plight of farmers. He asserted that no Prime Minister has worked as hard as Narendra Modi for farmers’ welfare.Taking up the issue in the Zero Hour, Gandhi in his brief speech mostly focused on Kerala and made specific mention of problems faced by farmers in Wayanad, from where he has been elected to the Lok Sabha.No relief has been given to farmers by the government, he said, claiming that businessmen have been granted concessions of ₹3 lakh crore and loan waivers of ₹5 lakh crore.He asked why the government thinks farmers are ‘inferior’ to rich businessmen.Rajnath hits backIn his reply, the Defence Minister said the government’s move to give ₹6,000 to farmers will lead to an increase in their income by 20-25 per cent and claimed that more farmers committed suicide before the BJP-led dispensation came to power.“It is not that the condition of farmers deteriorated in the last one, two or four years. Those who have ruled the country for a long time are responsible. The amount of increase in minimum support price (MSP) that our Prime Minister has effected has not been done by anybody in independent India’s history,” he said.Gandhi said farmers are suffering throughout the country and are in a terrible condition in Kerala, and added that one farmer ended his life in Wayanad.Farmers have been facing threats of immediate eviction from their properties, he said, as banks from which they had taken loans have begun recovery process.Eighteen farmers in Kerala have committed suicide due to this, he added.Modi had made a lot of promises to farmers and the government should fulfil them, Gandhi said. Lok Sabha COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rahul Gandhi   –  AP COMMENTS July 11, 2019 SHARE 0 agriculturelast_img read more

BJP MLAs daughter Dalit partner likely to marry in court next week

first_img Next BJP MLA’s daughter, Dalit partner likely to marry in court next weekSources said BJP MLA’s daughter Sakshi Misra and her partner will get their marriage registered in court on July 16 after making a request to the court.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LucknowJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:16 IST Their inter-caste wedding created a huge controversy.Sakshi Misra, the daughter of a BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh, and her husband were now expected to opt for a registered marriage in court, after their inter-caste wedding created a huge controversy.Sakshi is a Brahmin, while her husband Ajitesh Kumar belongs to a Dalit family.This is being done after the priest of the Ram Janki temple in Prayagraj, where they reportedly exchanged vows and even have a certificate to prove that they tied the knot, denied the marriage, adding that the certificate was fake.According to sources, the couple will be appearing in the Allahabad High Court where their petition will be taken up for hearing on July 15.”They will get their marriage registered in court on July 16 after making a request to the court itself,” the sources said.Sakshi and her husband, who have been on the run since July 3 when they left their respective homes, made an appearance on Friday on a news channel where they again alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Bareilly, Rajesh Misra was against their marriage purely on caste grounds.The couple and Ajitesh’ father Harish Kumar have alleged that SSP Bareilly Muniraj G had refused to respond to their calls for protection and security.However, after the matter hit the headlines, the SSP has now said that the couple would get police protection so that they can safely appear before court.READ | Bareilly BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit moves court, seeks protectionALSO READ | Soch badlo papa: BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit boy makes emotional appeal to dad on live TVALSO WATCH | Please change your thinking: BJP MLA’s daughter’s emotional appeal to her fatherFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow BJP MLAlast_img read more