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Microsoft torpedoes Citadel botnet infrastructure

What's becoming old hat for Microsoft, the software behemoth has led another successful dismantling of a botnet network. But if history is any guide, this doesn't mean the banking trojan Citadel is extinguished for good.

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Foursquare partners with Microsoft, enhances tracking system

Foursquare - a social networking company that relies on users checking in on mobile devices from locations around the world - announced a partnership with Microsoft on Tuesday.

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Microsoft previews fixes for upcoming Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday is coming on Oct. 8 and Microsoft users should prepare themselves for eight patches, four of them critical.

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Microsoft issues replacement for botched patch

Microsoft is now issuing a replacement patch for a fix that was shelved two weeks ago after customers reported problems resulting after they installed it.

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Syrian Electronic Army compromises more Microsoft accounts

On Saturday, roughly one week after compromising accounts belonging to Skype, the Syrian Electronic Army took claim for compromising the official blog of Microsoft, as well as one of its Twitter accounts.

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Microsoft leads vendors with most critical vulnerabilities

Microsoft tops other IT security vendors in the number of critical vulnerabilities in its products. Adobe and Oracle come in second and third place, respectively, according to Skybox Security.

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Researcher believes Microsoft zero-day is targeting Pakistan

Microsoft issued an advisory on Tuesday warning users of a zero-day vulnerability being exploited in targeted attacks using emailed Microsoft Office documents.

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Former Microsoft employee accused of leaking software pleads guilty

A former Microsoft employee has pleaded guilty to charges related to sharing software code for looming company products.

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Microsoft charge gov't for data requests, SEA says

The Syrian Electronic Army has released emails and invoices that it says prove Microsoft charged the FBI's DITU for lawful data requests.

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Anonymous DDoS attack snowballs, affects several Microsoft services

Hacktivist collective Anonymous has taken credit for a distributed denial-of-service attack that unintentionally affected a number of Microsoft services last week.

News No Patch Tuesday update for Microsoft zero-day vulnerability

No Patch Tuesday update for Microsoft zero-day vulnerability

Microsoft is preparing eight fixes for next week's upcoming Nov. 12 Patch Tuesday, but an update to a recently discovered zero-day vulnerability is not one of them.

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Fearing NSA surveillance, Microsoft will beef up encryption

Microsoft plans to roll out new encryption and security measures in response to possible National Security Agency surveillance on the company.

News Microsoft readies four critical fixes for Patch Tuesday

Microsoft readies four critical fixes for Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has 14 patches prepared for next week, including high-priority fixes that address remote code execution flaws in its Office, Windows and Server software.

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Patch Tuesday preview reveals 11 security fixes from Microsoft

With the monthly update, Microsoft will fix a TIFF zero-day impacting users, but not a serious Windows XP flaw under active attack.

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Microsoft enhances encryption amid concerns of government surveillance

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it would be improving and expanding its security to protect customer data amid growing concerns of government surveillance.

News Microsoft removes Exchange 2013 patch after customers report snafus

Microsoft removes Exchange 2013 patch after customers report snafus

MS13-061, which addresses three vulnerabilities in Exchange Server, was scrapped after Microsoft became aware that installing it causes problems. The issues do not occur in Exchange 2007 or 2010 environments, only 2013.

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SEA compromises Skype, Microsoft reports user information is safe

The Syrian Electronic Army compromised the Twitter account belonging to Skype, which the pro-Assad hacktivist group used on Wednesday to advise people against using Microsoft services, such as Hotmail and Outlook.

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Microsoft, law enforcement team up for ZeroAccess botnet takedown

Microsoft announced on Thursday that its Digital Crimes Unit - in conjunction with the FBI, Europol's EC3 and technology companies such as A10 Networks - has disrupted a botnet that targets search engines and browsers.

News News briefs: The latest from RSA, Microsoft, and more

News briefs: The latest from RSA, Microsoft, and more

This month's news briefs include important advisories issued by RSA and NIST, as well as a critical update released by Microsoft.

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New targeted attack campaign leverages Microsoft Office vulnerabilities

Users in Vietnam and India were targets of an attack that uses flaws in unpatched versions of Microsoft Office to install a trojan and steal information from compromised machines.

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