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Hyderabad: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today said that the tech giant would like to work with T-Hub to develop accelerators and startups.

He said this during his visit to T-Hub, billed as India’s largest technology incubator.

“Indian talent in the area is dramatically growing and we can see their dominance in the field,” he said while addressing budding entrepreneurs.

On a visit to Hyderabad, Nadella visited the facility located at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad.

Nadella said Microsoft’s goal and dream are to empower local entrepreneurs to solve last mile connectivity.

He said that his energy comes from the interaction with entrepreneurs across the world.

“There are three points to success. concept, capability, culture. Learn more from day one… chase after your concept or idea. Improve your capability to chase the idea… Curate the culture,” he told the entrepreneurs in an inspirational talk.

To a query, he said the importance of failure lies in learning from it.

Telangana’s Information and Technology minister KT Rama Rao took him around the T-Hub and explained about various initiatives of the government.

Earlier, Nadella met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. (IANS), (upload.wikimedia.org)

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Bug Spotted in Microsoft Office 365, Outlook

Several tech companies offer bug bounty incentives. Sahad also received bug bounty from Facebook last year for discovering a bug in the social networking platform

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Kerala-based security engineer spots bug in Microsoft Office 365, Outlook. Pixabay

A Kerala-based application security engineer has won bug bounty from Microsoft for discovering a series of vulnerabilities that left over 400 million Microsoft users’ accounts — from Office 365 to Outlook emails — open to hacking.

Sahad NK, who works as a security researcher with cybersecurity portal Safetydetective.com, came across multiple vulnerabilities that, when chained together, allow an attacker to take over any Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Store, or Microsoft Sway account simply via the victim clicking on a link.

“Immediately after finding these vulnerabilities, we contacted Microsoft via their responsible disclosure programme and started working with them,” said Safetydetective on Tuesday.

The vulnerabilities were reported to Microsoft in June and fixed by November end.

“While the vulnerability proof of concept was only made for Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Sway, we expect it to affect all Microsoft accounts including Microsoft Store,” said Sahad.

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A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge. VOA

Sahad discovered that a Microsoft subdomain, “success.office.com”, had not been properly configured. He also found bug in Microsoft Office, Store and Sway products.

A string of bugs when chained together created the perfect attack to gain access to someone’s Microsoft account — simply by tricking a user into clicking a link.

“Anyone’s Office account, even enterprise and corporate accounts, including their email, documents and other files, could have been easily accessed by a malicious attacker, and it would have been near-impossible to discern from a legitimate user,” said TechCrunch.

Also Read- New Bug Forces Alphabet to Expedite Google+ API Shutdown

Sahad, with the help of fellow security researcher Paulos Yibelo, reported the bug to Microsoft, which fixed the vulnerability and gave an unspecified amount as bug bounty to Sahad.

Several tech companies offer bug bounty incentives. Sahad also received bug bounty from Facebook last year for discovering a bug in the social networking platform. (IANS)