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Microsoft Detects Iranian Hackers Targetting More than 200 Businesses

That's according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday that the hacking campaign stole corporate secrets and wiped data from computers.

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

Microsoft has detected cyberattacks linked to Iranian hackers that targeted thousands of people at more than 200 companies over the past two years.

That’s according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday that the hacking campaign stole corporate secrets and wiped data from computers.

Microsoft told the Journal the cyberattacks affected oil-and-gas companies and makers of heavy machinery in several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Germany, the United Kingdom, India and the U.S., and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

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That’s according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday that the hacking campaign stole corporate secrets and wiped data from computers. Pixabay

Microsoft attributed the attacks to a group it calls Holmium, and which other security researchers call APT33. Microsoft says it detected Holmium targeting more than 2,200 people with phishing emails that can install malicious code.

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Iran is denying involvement. Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, says the allegations are coming from a private company and such reports “are essentially ads, not independent or academic studies, and should be taken at face value.” (VOA)

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Microsoft May Take a Call on Windows 10 Updates to Huawei Laptops

Huawei said it would continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

After Google, Microsoft may take a call on Windows 10 updates to Huawei laptops, the media reported on Monday.

According to Techradar, the tech giant has declined to comment on whether they would continue in this role, saying “we have nothing to share.”

Google has already announced to block Android updates for Huawei and chip makers Qualcomm and Intel have said they can no longer provide chips to the Chinese giant.

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Google has barred Huawei from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a major blow to the world’s second-largest smartphone seller.

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It also means loss of Android licence for Huawei, forcing it to use the open source version of the operating system.

Huawei said it would continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products. It covers all the devices sold as well as in the stock globally. (IANS)