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Hackers attack Microsoft customer service system, run off with data

06.26.2021 · Posted in Other Tech Articles, Technology Articles

Microsoft said Friday that hackers hacked a computer used by one of its customer service agents and stole account data which they then used to launch “highly targeted” attacks against customers. The company identified the hacking group as Nobelium, the same one behind last year’s massive SolarWinds breach. Microsoft has secured computers, which were infected ...

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Microsoft employs a giant plush Clippy whose performer has a large Clippy tattoo

@radmint tweeted a photo from her Microsoft New Employee orientation in which she is posed with a "celebrity Clippy"; the eagle-eyed Kristen Seversky noted that the forearm of the actor in the Clippy suit is adorned with a seemingly permanent, very prominent Clippy tattoo.

From the Wikipedia entry for "Office Assistant", AKA ...

The sordid tale of Microsoft’s epic tax evasion and the war they waged against the IRS

Microsoft maintains the fiction that it has sold its most valuable copyrights and other intangible assets to a tiny factory in Puerto Rico, where, thanks to promising to hire a mere 85 workers, it pays effective zero tax; the company transfers almost all its profits to this factory to "license" its own crown jewels, making ...

Microsoft’s “Hall of Tortured Souls”

Vaporgoth composers take note for your next music video: the developers behind Microsoft Excel 95 left a marvelous easter egg hidden in the spreadsheet ****. Welcome to the "Hall of Tortured Souls." More background at the wonderful Easter Egg Archive.

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2019 was the year of voice assistant privacy dumpster fires

2019 was the "I Told You So" year for privacy advocates and voice assistants: the year in which every company that wanted you to trust them to put an always-on mic in the most intimate places in your home was revealed to have allowed thousands of low-waged contractors to listen in on millions of clips, ...

Microsoft’s Cortana is sleeping with the fishes

Lots of people are fine with allowing a helpful wiretap into their lives. I am not one of them. None of them. So, when I heard that Cortana was being sent out to pasture by Microsoft, I was pretty excited. The dismantling of surveillance apparatus that’s slimed its way into our daily lives always leaves ...

Microsoft hires former AG Eric Holder to audit ****** recognition tech used on West Bank

Microsoft is hiring former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder to provide legal window dressing for their AnyVision technology, which the company says complies with the ethical principles stipulated during the ****** recognition company's Series A.

Olivia Solon at NBC News reports that AnyVision's technology has powered a secret military surveillance project that has ...

Amazon unhappy Microsoft won $10 billion ‘war cloud’ Pentagon contract

Donald Trump has long made a sport of mocking Amazon founder and Washington Post newspaper owner Jeff Bezos, and Jeff Bezos is well aware of this. Microsoft just won a $10 billion so-called “war cloud” contract with Donald Trump's administration for Pentagon cloud-based computing.

Amazon wanted that $10 billion Pentagon contract.

Amazon, the company ...

Bill Gates just accidentally proved that even “unsuccessful” antitrust enforcement works

In 1992, the Federal Trade Commission opened an antitrust investigation against Microsoft; in 2001, the company settled the claims, making a slate of pro-competitive promises that were widely derided as too little, too late.

The common account of the Microsoft antitrust inquiry is that the US government spent a decade in court and came away ...