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Microsoft pals up with partners for threat-hunting

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection first landed as a public preview in September, and now its general availability, Microsoft has announced a bunch of partners to give it cross-platform support: Bitdefender for Linux and macOS, Lookout for iOS and Android, and Ziften for macOS and Linux). With Bitdefender's …
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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

A below-the-radar security feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka version 1709 released last week, can stop ransomware and other file-scrambling nasties dead. The controlled folder access mechanism within Windows Defender prevents suspicious applications from changing the contents of selected protected folders. …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2017
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Microsoft downplays alarm over Windows Defender 'flaw'

Security researchers have uncovered what they believe is a vulnerability that allows malware to completely bypass Windows Defender. Microsoft dismissed the report as of "limited practical applicability" in practice (i.e. a low-risk threat). The team at CyberArk Labs nonetheless claims the security shortcoming could impact tens …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2017
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Microsoft slings bulked-up Windows Defender preview at world+dog

Microsoft says its upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update will include new capabilities in the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection security suite. Redmond says the updated Defender ATP tools are now open for public preview and will hit general availability this fall with the Creators Update. "This focused security …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Sep 2017
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Microsoft: We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

The next big update to Windows 10 Creators Edition is out in the Fall – and Redmond is hyping up its security chops. For a start, we're told Windows Defender will be extended from client to Microsoft's server operating systems. In addition, Redmond is adding Windows Defender Exploit Guard and Application Guard to the security …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2017
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Tavis Ormandy to Microsoft: Have another Windows Defender vuln

Google Project Zero bug-hunter Tavis Ormandy has alerted the world to yet another way Microsoft's anti-virus tool Windows Defender could be attacked. Ormandy went public with the bug on Friday after Microsoft shipped its fix. He reported the issue to Redmond on June 9th. The bug is in the non-sandboxed x86 emulator Windows …
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Researcher says fixes to Windows Defender's engine incomplete

In spite of a flurry of patches designed to fix Windows Defender, at least one security researcher reckons there's still work to be done. James Lee, who has presented at conferences like Zer0con, has contacted The Register to say the key vulnerable component, MsMpEng, is still subject to remote code execution. As with the …
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Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft

Kaspersky Lab has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft over allegations that Redmond is hobbling third-party antivirus software. The complaint was submitted to both the European Commission and German Federal Cartel Office this week following an investigation begun by Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service in November …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2017
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What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” …

Microsoft's security apps still trip up on Windows 8

German independent security firm AV-Test has released evaluations of security software for Windows 8 for the first time, and – not entirely surprisingly – it once again found Microsoft's own products were among the weaker performers. The firm tested its usual batch of 25 antivirus products for consumers, plus eight aimed at …

Windows 8 security is like a swiss cheese flak jacket - sez AV firm

The knives are out for Windows Defender, the basic anti-malware protection bundled with Windows 8: makers of rival antivirus products are lining up to criticise Microsoft's efforts to secure its operating system. Windows 8 can be infected by 16 percent of the most common malware families, even with Windows Defender activated, …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2012

You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers

Microsoft's emphasis on the mobile nature of Windows 8 and its bold touch-friendly user interface may lead some to fear the software giant has taken its foot off the pedal in terms of security. However there are plenty of changes under the bonnet to merit an examination of the new operating system's defences. Judging by the …
John Leyden, 3 Nov 2012
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Virus writer signs off in cordial Trojan message to MS

An unidentified Russian virus writer has reached out to Microsoft with a message buried within a recent variant of the Zlob Trojan. The greeting in the malicious code was friendly and cordial, in sharp contrast to messages posted on compromised websites by defacement crews, which frequently deride the security of Microsoft's …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2009
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Windows Defender spyware-blocking under fire (again)

Microsoft's Windows Defender has once again come under criticism for alleged shortcomings in blocking invasive spyware applications. In tests sponsored by anti-spyware vendor PC Tools, and carried out by independent testing facility Enex Testlabs, Microsoft’s Windows Defender blocked less than half (46 per cent) of current …
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2007

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