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Microsoft Turns Off Ads in Windows 10 Email App

Those in Brazil, Canada, Australia and India were chosen for this experiment, according to The Register

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After introducing personalised advertisements in the Windows 10 default email app, Microsoft has made a U-turn and turned these ads off.

The beta version of the company’s Mail client for Windows 10 was found pushing ads right at the top of the inbox.

“Bad news: Mail for Windows 10 is getting ads for non-office 365 subscribers!,” Aggiornamenti Lumia reported late on Friday.

Microsoft’s frequently asked questions (FAQ) page, which has now been taken down, said: “Consistent with consumer email apps and services like Outlook.com, Gmail and Yahoo Mail, advertising allows us to provide, support, and improve some of our products. We’re always experimenting with new features and experiences.”

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“The experiment was never intended to be tested broadly, which doesn’t quite jibe with the existence of a FAQ about a pilot programme taking place in several countries around the world, but either way the ads should be gone,” Frank Shaw, Communications Head, Microsoft was quoted as saying by The Verge.

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Users of Windows Insider fast-track builds of Mail and Calendar, particularly version 11605.11029.20059.0, may have seen the ads among their emails, depending on their location.

Those in Brazil, Canada, Australia and India were chosen for this experiment, according to The Register. (IANS)

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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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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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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.

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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)