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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 Project xCloud Game Streaming Service Preview for Xbox Users

It is time to put Project xCloud to the test in a broader capacity, with a range of gamers, devices, network environments

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Public preview is a critical phase in our multi-year ambition to deliver game streaming globally at the scale and quality of experience that the gaming community deserves and expects. Pixabay

Tech giant Microsoft has finally launched Project xCloud game streaming service preview for Xbox users in the US, UK, and Korea.

The preview includes four games: Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves.

“Public preview is a critical phase in our multi-year ambition to deliver game streaming globally at the scale and quality of experience that the gaming community deserves and expects,” The Verge quoted Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s cloud gaming chief on Monday.

“It is time to put Project xCloud to the test in a broader capacity, with a range of gamers, devices, network environments and real-world use-case scenarios,” he added.

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The preview includes four games: Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves. Pixabay

The company began accepting sign-ups last month for the preview.

As per report, a user need an Android phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or above with Bluetooth 4.0 support, a Microsoft account, and a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controller to use Project xCloud.

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Meanwhile, US based search engine giant Google is all set to launch its Stadia game streaming service in November in 14 countries. (IANS)