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Microsoft offers $250,000 to identify chip bugs

Following the news of the bugs getting out, all major tech players such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, including Intel, released security patches to help protect users from potential data theft

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  • Microsoft ready to pay $250,000 to identify bugs in their system
  • The offering is part of Microsoft’s new bounty programme
  • The step was taken after incidents of theft in other companies

Microsoft is offering up to $250,000 for identifying bugs that are similar to the “Meltdown” and “Spectre” CPU flaws. The offering is part of Microsoft’s new limited-time bounty programme for “speculative execution” side-channel vulnerabilities. “This new class of vulnerabilities was disclosed in January 2018 and represented a major advancement in the research in this field,” Microsoft said in a blog post on Friday.

Microsoft acquired the start-up PlayFab. Pixabay
This is part of a limited bounty-programme of Microsoft. Pixabay

“In recognition of that threat environment change, we are launching a bounty programme to encourage research into the new class of vulnerability and the mitigations Microsoft has put in place to help mitigate this class of issues,” it added.

“Speculative execution is truly a new class of vulnerabilities, and we expect that research is already underway exploring new attack methods,” said Phillip Misner, a security group manager at Microsoft. The bug bounty programme is open until December 31.

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Intel recently confirmed a report about a potential security flaw in its chips that is vulnerable to hacking. According to security researchers, two CPU-level vulnerabilities “Spectre” and “Meltdown” have affected all chips made in the last two decades by Intel, AMD and AMR.

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the programme is open until 31st December. Wikimedia Commons

Following the news of the bugs getting out, all major tech players such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, including Intel, released security patches to help protect users from potential data theft. IANS

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No Comeback Expected by Microsoft’s Old Office Assistant Clippy

However, surrendering to the nostalgia of the good old 90s days, fans have filed a user petition, gathering votes to bring Clippy back

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

Microsoft has confirmed that its old Office assistant Clippy, the animated paper clip character, is not making a comeback, at least not anytime soon.

Born in Office 97, Clippy offered hints, helps and shortcuts to Microsoft Office users.

Earlier this week, rumours of Clippy’s return sparked after it made a one-day appearence as an animated pack of stickers for Microsoft Teams which were released on the Office Developer GitHub page, Engadget reported on Friday.

However, the company has dismissed the possibility of Clippy’s comeback.

“Clippy has been trying to get his job back since 2001, and his brief appearance on GitHub was another attempt,” The Verge quoted a Microsoft spokesperson as saying on Friday.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

“While we appreciate the effort, we have no plans to bring Clippy to Teams.”

The Windows-maker has now killed the GitHub project associated with Clippy for Microsoft Teams.

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“A source familiar with the situation at Microsoft tells that the ‘brand police’ inside the company weren’t happy that Clippy had appeared in Microsoft Teams and immediately ordered the brutal firing of the anthropomorphic paperclip,” the report said.

However, surrendering to the nostalgia of the good old 90s days, fans have filed a user petition, gathering votes to bring Clippy back. (IANS)