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Software Giant Microsoft Buys Cloud Migration Start-up Movere: Report

Movere originally launched as a consulting company but pivoted around 2014 after the founders experienced their own trouble with Cloud migration. The start-up has been a Microsoft partner for over a decade now

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Aiming to help customers move their existing applications and infrastructure to Azure, Microsoft has acquired a Cloud migration start-up named Movere for an undisclosed amount.

“We’re committed to providing our customers with a comprehensive experience for migrating existing applications and infrastructure to Azure, which include the right tools, processes, and programmes.

“As part of that ongoing investment, we’re excited to welcome the leadership, talent, technology, and deep expertise Movere has built in enabling customers’ journey to the Cloud over the last 11 years,” Jeremy Winter, Partner Director, Azure Management, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

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FILE – A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

Formerly known as Unified Logic, Movere was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

Movere originally launched as a consulting company but pivoted around 2014 after the founders experienced their own trouble with Cloud migration. The start-up has been a Microsoft partner for over a decade now.

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“The acquisition by Microsoft is not just a marriage of a best-in-class and trusted Cloud platform with a powerful data and insights platform; it is also the merger of passions of two companies looking to move mountains for customers through a deep partner ecosystem, with the ultimate goal of enabling your business transformation delivered at the speed of light,” Kristin Ireland, Co-founder and CEO, Movere, wrote in a blog post. (IANS)

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Microsoft Works To Fix Security Bug Issue in Internet Explorer

The vulnerability was found in how Internet Explorer handles memory

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Overall, Microsoft said all supported versions of Windows are affected by the flaw, including Windows 7, which after this week will no longer receive security updates. Pixabay

 Microsoft has confirmed a security flaw affecting Internet Explorer is currently being used by hackers and it is working on a fix, to be released at a later date.

The vulnerability was first reported by US Homeland Security on Friday evening, although the issue is not limited to American devices. Overall, Microsoft said all supported versions of Windows are affected by the flaw, including Windows 7, which after this week will no longer receive security updates.

The vulnerability was found in how Internet Explorer handles memory. An attacker could use the flaw to remotely run malicious code on an affected computer, such as tricking a user into opening a malicious website from a search query or a link sent by email, TechCrunch reported recently.

“The company is only aware of limited targeted attacks for which it is already working on a fix,” the report quoted a Microsoft spokesperson. The tech giant assigned the bug with a common vulnerability identifier, CVE-2020-0674, but specific details of the bug have yet to be released.

Qihoo 360, a China-based security research team helped Microsoft in finding this flaw and it is believed to be a similar vulnerability as one disclosed by Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser.

As per report, neither Qihoo, Microsoft, nor Mozilla said how attackers were exploiting the bug, who the attackers were, or who was being targeted. Microsoft assigned the bug with a common vulnerability identifier, CVE-2020-0674, but specific details of the bug have yet to be released.

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Microsoft has confirmed a security flaw affecting Internet Explorer is currently being used by hackers and it is working on a fix, to be released at a later date. Pixabay

Additionally, according to information gathered by PreciseSecurity.com, Microsoft Office products were the most commonly exploited by cybercriminals around the world and nearly 73 per cent of cyber exploits were performed in MS Office products in the third quarter of 2019.

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MS Office products were followed by Browsers with 13.47 per cent of the total number of exploits by cybercriminals, Android with 9.09 per cent, Java with 2.36 per cent, Adobe Flash with 1.57 per cent and PDF with 0.66 per cent. (IANS)