How would Microsoft keep hackers away with Corp.com

Microsoft closes the Windows for online mosquito with corp.com

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To safeguard customers and systems from possible intrusion and hacking attempts, Microsoft recently picked up the domain name corp.com


The Brian Krebs security researcher publicized the information about the latest acquisition from Redmond based company. However, Microsoft kept the amount confidential. Along with all the security essentials and measures brought to the table by this deal, the entire acquisition scenario is also a bit interesting event altogether.If you are in domaining or domain trading business and knows how much lucrative this market is, then you will find this information quite intriguing.

Last February, the domain name in question was available for auction at a whopping starting price of $1.7 million by an individual who had owned it for 26 years! Wouldn’t it be simpler to define him as a visionary person of the decade!

Based in Wisconsin, the individual anticipated Microsoft would buy it because “hundreds of thousands of Windows PCs are continuously trying to share sensitive information and data with corp.com”, he said.


How would Microsoft keep hackers away with Corp.com
How would Microsoft keep hackers away with Corp.com
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https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/02/dangerous-domain-corp-com-goes-up-for-sale/
What is the catch?

The problem was linked to the namespace collision and that collision was threatening the security loophole for a long-time.

According to ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the name collision phenomenon take place “when an attempt to resolve a name used in a private namespace results in the resolution of a request sent to the public domain name system i.e. DNS”.This kind of situation erases the administrative boundaries between the private and public namespaces, as they overlap with each other and name resolution can create the grounds for unforeseen harmful results.

The earlier versions of Windows servers were prone to fall in this trap, as the default name suggestion for administrators while setting up Microsoft’s Active Directory (i.e. AD) directory service was “corp”. The problem is twofold here. On the one hand, Microsoft has linked the default suggestion to an actual address and on the other hand many companies have adopted this setting as it is without changing it to secure one.

Adequate to hone the appetite of intruders or hackers

“Certainly, this whole situation means an opportunity to anyone who controls corp.comas it gives him an ability to passively divert or catch the private communication of hundreds of thousands of personal computers which end up being removed from a corporate environment that uses this designation corpfor their Active Directory Domain”, said the security researcher on his blog KrebsOnSecurity.

Secure names and internal networks

... Microsoft has acquired the domain name corp.com to enhance the user security and closed the long awaited loophole.

To help protect systems, we encourage customers to adopt secure security practices when planning domain names and internal networks. We released a security advisory in June 2009 and a security update that helps to protect users from possible intrusion. As part of our ongoing commitment to customer safety, we have also acquired the corp.com domain name”, Microsoft said in a statement.

This initiative towards the security measurement can safeguard the companies that have constructed their IT infrastructures using the Active Directory Service on 
“corp or corp.com”. Regardless of everything, Brian Krebs still warns that: “Any company that has linked its internal Active Directory Network to a domain that it does not control is still exposed to a possible security nightmare”.
To Learn more, Google, under heads: domain names, system security, data security, cyber security, Microsoft Security, Windows Security

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Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets

How To: Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets

As we know companies in the technological sector have a considerable influence on our contemporary society. Innovations in the field of tech punctuate our daily life but also the economy. Do major technological advances or innovations influence the share price of other stocks? We asked ourselves the question.

Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets
Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets
Uber and Amazon, two different stories

In the world of technology stocks, there are two main categories of companies. There are those like Uber who went public because of their disruptive business model and there are also those who have waited for their time like Amazon. Jeff Bezos' company has been listed on the stock exchange for more than 20 years, but its success story for investors only started a decade ago when e-commerce became widespread.

The two companies have one common denominator, however: the creation of disruptive technologies that have changed the way our society works. This characteristic is valid for most large technology companies.
Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets
Disruptive technologies and its influence on our financial markets

Contrast in stock indexes

The omnipotence of tech companies is moreover cruelly reflected in stock market indices. If we take the historic American benchmark index, the Dow Jones Industrial (DJI), the real-time future prices of US stocks have risen by around 60% over the last five years. The Dow Jones US Technology (DJUSTC), index increased by around 150% over the same period. Technology stocks are therefore more volatile than stocks in other sectors. They are one of the engines of American growth.

Influence of technological advances on the company

If there is a correlation between the launch of a new product or a new technology and the stock market price, this is not always obvious. However, there is indeed a cause and effect link. The Apple Company which is part of the Dow Jones index is an excellent example of this phenomenon. If we analyze the stock market variations following the launch of a new iPhone, two conclusions are imperative. On the one hand, at the time of launch as such, the stock market price is often little influenced or even slightly influenced downward. 

This is explained by the fact that investors have generally already been perfumed via rumors or other indicators. The surprise effect is therefore greatly diluted. On the other hand, if we look at the evolution in the two months following the launch, most of the time we see an increase in the share price above 4%. On the other hand, in the case where the new model disappoints, the correction is often important. The launch of the iPhone XS, for example, lowered the share price by 20%. The markets are therefore very hard with the losers.

Influence on other listed companies

If technological advances or the launch of new products can have a direct influence on the stock market prices of competing companies (for example Samsung in the case of Apple), the link is less obvious compared to companies in other sectors. However, we see that disruptive technologies have long-term effects on different segments. The rise of Amazon, for example, has had a major impact on mass market specialists. Companies like Walmart have seen their growth prospects diminish. The automotive sector is also at a turning point with the arrival of players like Tesla in particular.

In addition, it should be borne in mind that technological advances have changed the financial markets as such. These are now more accessible and more responsive thanks to the tools available to professional and amateur traders. Access to information therefore helps to make sense of things and avoid a snowball effect on the markets following the arrival of disruptive technology.


Now Google:Advertisers will all have to prove their identity

Google advertisers’ verification

Google will oblige all advertisers without distinction to prove their identity before purchasing advertisements. Users will have direct access to information about an ad.

For political advertising like in the United States, Google requires that advertisers be validated with prior verification of their identity. The latter can be consulted directly by users of the search engine, YouTube and other partner sites.

The same procedure is extended to all advertisers on Google platforms who will have to prove their identity before they can buy advertisements.
"Advertisers will be required to submit personal identification, company incorporation documents or other information proving their identity and the country in which they operate," writes Google.
Google:Advertisers will all have to prove their identity
Google:Advertisers will all have to prove their identity
Starting coming summer, users will be able to start seeing information about the advertiser behind the ads they see:



According to Google and in addition to greater transparency, the goal is also to help preserve the health of the digital advertising ecosystem, “by detecting bad actors and limiting their attempts to present themselves in a false light. “

The verification process will start in stages first in the United States and then be rolled out worldwide. Google warns that it will take ... "a few years.” This goes to show the extent of the network of the advertising giant that is Google.

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Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and the new digital world of networks

Corona virus crisis and the new world of networks and digital

An unprecedented wave of interest in “teleworking or you can say “working in mobility” or more conventionally “work from homesocial apps are spreading in our society with a pace that we have never seen before. Often dictated by urgency, the choices that employees make to communicate can seem chaotic, as the tools of the general public mix with secure applications in business.
In this context, the IT department must adopt the ancestral adage “necessity rule the law”, because often ill-prepared for a significant increase in activity, it is brought to manage the present moment.
However this past epidemic or pandemic, the IT department will have to restore order in its governance and in its equipment strategy. It should also endeavor to redefine a continuity plan inspired by the lessons learned from the events we are experiencing.
The test of reality and emergence of social apps:
Before we move ahead we would recommend you to take look at this viral post published by Josh Constine@joshconstine>>Clubhousevoice chat leads a wave of spontaneous social apps. In briefly, let’s check the excerpts:

1.       Houseparty app: as they say it’s “Face to Face Social Network”
a.      It allows you to join group video chat rooms with friends or co-workers. 50 million downloads in a month and seems to be leading social app in 82 countries including to the US, and #1 overall in 16 countries.

2.      Discordapp: Built specifically for gaming communities, it allows you to connect persistent video, voice, and chat rooms.It’s seen a 50% increase in US daily voice users. Joining the same bandwagon, Bunch Live also climbing the charts and going main-stream in mobile gaming community.

3.      Loom: Free Screen & Video Recording Software. You can easily record and share a video clip to co-workers instantly as videos are uploaded as they are shot.

4.      Around: it connects you through a small circular video window over your screen to form instant communication with your colleagues while most of your screen stay free for actual work.

5.      Screen: to improvise code, design, writing and explanations, a small widget that can launch screen-share facility. https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/24/screen-screensharing/

6.      Pragli VirtualOffice:
Pragli An avatar based virtual office
Pragli An avatar based virtual office
An avatar based virtual office to check who is in a scheduled meeting or away. It avoids clutter to find everyone’s free time as you can instantly open a voice or video chat channel together by following calendar meetings.

But what about Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp? What’re the limits?

The limit of 4 participants per call may soon be lifted on WhatsApp. What do other competing services offer? Let’s find out here today.
The limit of 4 people per call soon lifted on WhatsApp. The latest beta of the mobile app on iOS and Android suggests it. But the question is what does free versions of other competitive messaging offer in this area?

1 - FaceTime

On the Apple side, they set the limit to 32 participants for FaceTime. Everyone has their own sticker within the limits of the display available.
On the Mac, it displays up to 9, which represent the most active users. For the others, an exclamation mark is displayed. On mobile, the thumbnails that do not fit on the screen are grouped in a line at the bottom.
Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and the new digital world of networks
Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and the new digital world of networks
Use of FaceTime requires an Apple ID.All iPhone and iPad are compatible with at least iOS 12.1.4 support group calls and audio. For video, you need at least an iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or iPad 5.On Mac, group calls are available from macOS Mojave 10.14.3.

2 – Messenger

Like FaceTime, Messenger does not have a native call recording feature. Registration for the service requires a Facebook account. Group calls can bring together up to 50 participants, with no time limit. Up to 8 thumbnails appear on Windows and Mac; up to 6 on iOS and Android. Beyond that, only the speaking user is displayed.

3 – Skype

On Skype too, the limit is 50 participants, including for the web version and the Linux client. By default, the 5 most active are highlighted.
Microsoft, the owner of the service, has implemented a "reasonable" usage policy. Beyond 4 hours per video call, 10 hours per day or 100 hours per month, we switch to audio. Cloud recording is offered natively. The files remain available for 30 days.

4- Zoom

With Zoom, you have to pay to store the recordings online. The backup can nevertheless be done locally. The limit is 100 participants per call (49 thumbnails visible at most), also on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and the web version.
However, from 3 people, meetings expire after 40 minutes unless the organizer has a paid license. The latter can register with an e-mail, a Google account or a Facebook account.

5 – Hangouts

On Hangouts, the Google account is the only option. No desktop application available (except on Chrome OS), nor native recording, but no time limit for calls, which can gather 10 participants.
WhatsApp is currently the least "generous". In addition, only mobile applications (iOS, Android) support group calls. In addition, you cannot switch to video when you have launched a voice call.

The test of reality

There is no question here of bringing work home, it is already there. Our intimacy has invaded our professional life and vice versa for a long time already.
Employees also demand certain flexibility in the workplace, often to better manage the transitions of mobility induced by transport times. Managers have often expressed doubts about the development of remote working solutions.
However, faced with a fait accompli, they must have good confidence. They must therefore move from management of control to management of results. And there too, the coming days will be examples of experimentation with the rules of good use of tools and revelers of shared good practices.
For the most part, employees will not benefit from the support necessary for the proper use of these tools. They will discover, for the vast majority, by themselves, autonomy, remote collaboration, as well as the routines, the benefits and the constraints of the teleworker.
Multi-specialized work must, in fact, be a managerial project above all, it is not the solution to all problems, nor does it correspond to all trades, but it must serve a coherent strategy. Strategy driven by general management, but in which the business divisions, IT and HR in particular, play a predominant role.

Back to the office?

The open space and the flex office do not make employees dream, and it is likely that some of them, having tasted working from home, do not want to relive the hell of endless travel times, interruption, and isolation among the multitude or the quest for the available work station.
They prove, in the test, that telework does not necessarily rhyme with isolation, and that virtual communities also work very well. There is no definite relationship between technology and organization. However, the strength of use will profoundly change the organizational approach of companies.
The rules that govern teleworking in all over the World today will certainly have to be reviewed, because employees feel ready to redefine the boundaries of work, they will also have a very precise idea of ​​uses at the end of this health crisis (and may be tools) that they will want to find in their daily lives.

The shadow collaboration in question

If the ISD does not master all the solutions that will be used by its employees during the confinement or homework test linked to COVID-19, this period is also an opportunity for it to make a giant benchmark of solutions available, in full size. It is also, for the IT department, the opportunity to carry out a stress test of the robustness of the solutions used in extreme conditions; and finally a means of testing the relationship with its suppliers, and their flexibility and ability to meet urgent and specific needs.
This exceptional period after the ISD will have to readjust its governance, and if ad hoc solutions have proven themselves, it is integration, security and good protection of personal data that will guide this new governance.
Four years ago Gartner predicted that by 2020 a third of successful attacks on businesses will target their shadow computing resources.

What will it really be with the current craze around insecure collaboration solutions that are flourishing?

This forced march towards teleworking or work from home is an opportunity to better understand the communication and collaboration needs in terms of mobility of employees, at least outside the classic framework of company offices. It will make it possible to gauge the maturity of use of these tools for employees but also for customers, suppliers and other stakeholders of the company.

This time of experimentation will undoubtedly be an accelerator for the digital transformation of companies. All the crises over the centuries have seen the birth of a radical transformation of society, the part that digital technology takes today in social proximity will lastingly mark our uses.



Novel Corona Virus 2019: Epidemic of our times has changed the world at large

Nobody could imagine that 21st century will witness the outbreak of an epidemic known as Novel Corona Virus or COVID-19, dreaded corona virus disease (primarily fever and respiratory disease), the whole of the globe is locked in their own houses with face masks, seems The NATURE is taking its curse?! The virus is evolving and doing mutation, human genome is on the stake!

Novel Corona Virus 2019: Epidemic of our times has changed the world in large
Novel Corona Virus 2019: Epidemic of our times has changed the world at large, Image courtesy, Techcrunch 
Lacs of deaths including that of doctors, and more on counting, USA, CHINA, ITALY, SPAIN, FRANCE, UK, RUSSIA, IRAN, GERMANY, BELGIUM, INDIA etc are on their knees. Modern health tech is just paralyzed and thus the respected economies of all nations,

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/08-04-2020-who-timeline---covid-19


Novel Corona Virus 2019: Epidemic of our times has changed the world
Novel Corona Virus 2019: Epidemic of our times has changed the world
Theories are that epidemic started from China Wuhan the wet market for sea food and also may be a lab made / programmed biological weapon from China,USA or combined or what? There is no cure or vaccine till date, human testing is going on all over the globe,
"Hangzhou in China based AI startup Rokid is said to be in talks with several firms to sell its T1 glasses in USA, according to Rokid’s  U.S. Director 
Rokid’s  T1 thermal smart glasses uses infrared sensor to detect the temperatures of up to 200 people within two minutes from up to three meters away. The devices carry a Qualcomm  CPU, 12 megapixel camera and offer augmented reality features — for hands free voice controls — to record live photos and videos”

Well, coming to the technology, China based KOVID has initiated AR or augmented reality based glasses to check the thermal temperature for COVID-19 symptoms,

Hope the world would again see happiness, health, wealth and peace, Amen!

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https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/16/chinese-startup-rokid-pitches-covid-19-detection-glasses-in-u-s/







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