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Microsoft Uncovers a New Malware That is Infecting Thousands of Computers

Researchers at Microsoft have uncovered a new malware campaign that is infecting thousands of computers across the world

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The attack begins when a user downloads and runs an HTML application (HTA) file named Player1566444384.hta. Pixabay

Researchers at Microsoft have uncovered a new malware campaign that is infecting thousands of computers across the world.

After infecting a PC, the malware, dubbed Nodersok, can turn them into proxies for launching other cyber attacks.

“The majority of targets are consumers, but about 3 per cent of encounters are observed in organisations in sectors like education, professional services, healthcare, finance, and retail,” Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Research team said.

“The campaign is particularly interesting not only because it employs advanced fileless techniques, but also because it relies on an elusive network infrastructure that causes the attack to fly under the radar,” the researchers wrote.

The attack begins when a user downloads and runs an HTML application (HTA) file named Player1566444384.hta.

The digits in the file name differ in every attack.

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After infecting a PC, the malware, dubbed Nodersok, can turn them into proxies for launching other cyber attacks. PIxabay

Analysis of Microsoft Defender ATP telemetry pointed to compromised advertisements as the most likely infection vector for delivering the HTA files.

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Executing those files kickstart a process that opens up Powershell scripts, Excel and JavaScript to end up downloading and installing the Nodersok malware, The Inquirer reported. (IANS)

  • George Pajunen

    Well have they taken care of the malware with the most recent updates. The story isn’t complete without saying if there is a solution to the problem.

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Microsoft Launches Programme to Encourage B2B Startups

New Microsoft programme to empower B2B startups in India

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Microsoft launched a new programme to empower 100 business-to-business (B2B) startups. Pixabay

Microsoft on Monday launched a new programme to bring 100 companies to commit $100,000 each for enterprise-ready solutions from 100 business-to-business (B2B) startups in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) space in India over the course of 18 months.

Called the “100X100X100” programme, the initiative has already witnessed participation of more than 50 startups. India has one of the largest B2B SaaS startup ecosystems in the world, and it’s growing exponentially.

“This initiative will help build scale and create amazing opportunities for startups. Businesses can now fast-track their digital journeys through easy adoption of enterprise-grade solutions. We’re excited to see the outcomes of these partnerships,” Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, told reporters.

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The initiative will help build scale and create amazing opportunities for B2B startups. Pixabay

The programme was announced as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella began his three-day India visit from Monday.

Launched under the ‘Microsoft for Startups’ initiative, the 100X100X100 programme will help enterprises fast track their digital transformation through faster adoption of SaaS solutions. It will make available a variety of curated, ready to launch, enterprise-grade solutions from startups with a proven track record.

It would also aim to create a profitable domestic market for the fast growing Indian B2B SaaS startup segment by increasing their revenue and customer base.

The programme will be conducted with the support of ecosystem partners and industry associations including the Delhi and Mumbai Chapters of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Microsoft said.

Microsoft for Startups allows early stage B2B startups to leverage Microsoft Azure marketplace, enterprise sales team and rapidly growing partner ecosystem.

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The new programme is open to Microsoft co-sell enabled startups associated with the company.

These startups will also have access to regular speed-contracting sessions with prospective customers at Microsoft industry and customer events. (IANS)