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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Address Employees on Women Issues in the Company

As part of their protest, the women are hoping to get more data on bonuses and promotions, the report added

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Citing cases and raising concerns of discrimination in career advancements and sexual harassment against women within the company, Microsoft employees had a much-needed meeting with the CEO, Satya Nadella.

Roughly 100 to 150 employees attended the meeting with Nadella in person on Thursday while others watched via live-stream.

In response to the concerns, Nadella was empathetic and expressed his sadness and disappointment, along with his Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan, promised employees additional transparency around advancement within Microsoft, the Wired reported on Friday.

“I will personally look into the situation with my team. I understand the devastating impact of such experiences, and (Nadella) wants to be made aware of any such behaviour, and we will do everything we can to stop it,” the report quoted Hogan as saying in an email to the employees after the meeting.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company’s annual conference for software developers. VOA

The meeting came as a response to a viral online discussion that started last month on an internal company forum, where an employee asked women for advice on how to move up the ranks in the company, to which hundreds of women responded and shared their own gender bias and harassment stories.

Women shared experiences where they were approached with death threats, sexual advancements and threats against being laid off if they refrained from doing what was asked of them.

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As part of their protest, the women are hoping to get more data on bonuses and promotions, the report added.

According to court filings unsealed last year, Microsoft received 108 complaints of sexual harassment and assault from female US-based technical employees, 119 complaints of gender discrimination, eight complaints of retaliation and three complaints of pregnancy discrimination between 2010 and 2016, Forbes reported. (IANS)

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Cyber Criminals Attack Nearly 10,000 Microsoft Customers

“ElectionGuard” is free and open-source and will be available through the repository GitHub as a software development kit (SDK) later this year

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

Microsoft has notified nearly 10,000 customers in the past year who were targeted or compromised by nation-state attacks originating from three countries — Iran, North Korea and Russia.

According to Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President for Consumer Security and Trust at Microsoft, 84 per cent of these attacks targeted its enterprise customers, and about 16 per cent targeted consumer personal email accounts.

“While many of these attacks are unrelated to the democratic process, this data demonstrates the significant extent to which nation-states continue to rely on cyber attacks as a tool to gain intelligence, influence geopolitics or achieve other objectives,” Burt said in a blog post late on Wednesday.

The company has seen extensive activity from the actors it calls Holmium and Mercury operating from Iran, Thallium operating from North Korea, and two actors operating from Russia it calls Yttrium and Strontium.

“This data has been compiled by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center which works every day to track these global threats,” said Burt.

Since the launch of Microsoft “AccountGuard” last August, the company has uncovered attacks specifically targeting organisations that are fundamental to democracy.

“We have steadily expanded AccountGuard, our threat notification service for political campaigns, parties, and democracy-focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to include 26 countries across four continents.”

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

Microsoft has made 781 notifications of nation-state attacks targeting organisations participating in AccountGuard.

This data shows that democracy-focused organisations in the US should be particularly concerned as 95 per cent of these attacks have targeted US-based organisations. Many of the democracy-focused attacks target NGOs and think tanks.

“As we head into the 2020 elections, we anticipate that we will see attacks targeting US election systems, political campaigns or NGOs that work closely with campaigns,” warned Microsoft.

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The company demonstrated the first voting system running Microsoft ElectionGuard technology at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, on Wednesday.

“ElectionGuard can enable a new era of secure, verifiable voting. It is also possible to make voting more accessible for people with disabilities and more affordable for local governments while increasing security,” said Burt.

“ElectionGuard” is free and open-source and will be available through the repository GitHub as a software development kit (SDK) later this year. (IANS)