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Avoid Affordable Care Act scams

It’s no secret that the website designed to help Americans sign up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act has had technical issues. We’ve heard reports that scammers are taking advantage of the technical glitches to send out fake email messages or posts on social networking websites. These scams, known as “phishing,” are...

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Microsoft Cybersecurity Report: Top 10 Most Wanted Enterprise Threats

In my travels abroad over the years, I have had the great opportunity to meet with many enterprise customers to discuss the evolving threat landscape.  In addition to helping inform customers, these meetings have provided me with an opportunity to learn more about how customers are managing risk within their environments.   Many of these customers...

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Joining the Cloud Security Alliance Board

I remember receiving a call approximately four years ago, asking if Microsoft would be interested in sponsoring a new industry association focused on the burgeoning cloud computing market.  At the time, many people had not yet heard the term “cloud computing”, and I recall hearing suggestions that this was merely an existing concept getting a...

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Ransomware is on the Rise, Especially in Europe

The recently published Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv15) contains a section on ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that is designed to render a computer or its files unusable until the computer user pays the demanded amount of money to the attacker. It often masquerades as an official-looking warning from a well-known law enforcement agency,...

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Backup the best defense against (Cri)locked files

Crilock – also known as CryptoLocker – is one notorious ransomware that’s been making the rounds since early September. Its primary payload is to target and encrypt your files, such as your pictures and Office documents. All of the file types that can be encrypted are listed in our Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A and Trojan:Win32/Crilock.B descriptions. Crilock affected...

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