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Microsoft Opens Security Lab to Test Vulnerabilities

Now in its 22nd year, Black Hat USA is the world’s leading information security event, providing attendees with the very latest in research, development and trends

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

Microsoft has introduced the Azure Security Lab — a dedicated customer-safe Cloud environment, at the Black Hat USA 2019 conference which convened here this week.

The Azure Security Lab is a set of dedicated Cloud hosts, aimed at allowing security researchers to aggressively test attacks against infrastructure-as-a-service scenarios.

It also allows participants to identify research vulnerabilities in Azure and do their best to emulate criminal hackers, according to Microsoft, Xinhua news agency reported.

In addition to offering a secure testing space, the lab programme will enable participating security researchers to engage directly with Microsoft Azure security experts.

Researchers will not only research vulnerabilities in Azure, they can also attempt to exploit them, according to the tech giant.

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

Applications to join the Azure Security Lab are open, with Microsoft offering researchers up to $300,000 dollars if they can hack its Azure public-Cloud infrastructure, according to Microsoft.

“Microsoft is committed to ensuring our Cloud is secure from modern threats. We built Azure with security in mind from the beginning, and work to help customers secure their Azure cloud environment with various solutions,” said Kymberlee Price, principal security PM manager for Microsoft Security Response Center’s Community Programs.

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Tens of thousands of the world’s best cybersecurity professionals gathered in Las Vegas this week for the Black Hat USA 2019 cybersecurity conference, which focuses on the latest development and new trend in cybersecurity.

Now in its 22nd year, Black Hat USA is the world’s leading information security event, providing attendees with the very latest in research, development and trends. (IANS)

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Latest Microsoft Update Slows Some Surface Devices to 400MHz

We experienced these issues on a Surface Pro 6 device, and the problems could be related to certain router combinations, the TechCrunch reported

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

Some Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 devices are throttling down to crippling low speeds of 400MHz, post the new firmware update that was rolled out on August 1.

The throttle-lock appears to be caused by an Intel CPU flag called BD PROCHOT (bi-directional processor hot), which can be set by any peripheral, telling the processor to throttle down to decrease system temperature, a report in the Tech Republic said on Thursday.

The issues were flagged by several users on Reddit.

However, along with the CPU issues, Microsoft’s latest firmware updates have been causing Wi-Fi issues for several users.

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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

Surface Book and Surface Pro 6 owners have complained on Microsoft’s support forums that the latest Marvel Wi-Fi driver, supplied with Microsoft’s Surface firmware updates on August 1, is not allowing devices to connect to some 5GHz wireless networks.

We experienced these issues on a Surface Pro 6 device, and the problems could be related to certain router combinations, the TechCrunch reported.

Also Read: Google Rolling out a Major Chrome OS Update

“If you have Wi-Fi issues on a Surface device since the updates earlier this month, you can simply roll back the driver in device manager, which will restore access to 5GHz networks. A Microsoft volunteer moderator claims the company is ‘working on an update’,” the TechCrunch report added. (IANS)