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Malwarebytes says it was targeted by SolarWinds hackers too
by Paul Hill
In a blog post, the digital security firm Malwarebytes said that it had been targeted by the nation state actor implicated in the SolarWinds breach late last year that affected the U.S. government, Microsoft, Nvidia, VMware, and others.
According to the computer security firm, it does not use SolarWinds but was attacked via another intrusion vector that leveraged applications that had privileged access to Microsoft Office 365 and Azure. Malwarebytes said that the attacker managed to get access to "a limited subset of internal company emails" but didn't find any evidence that their production systems had been compromised.
Malwarebytes’ incident response group worked with Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team (DART) to find out how the attack happened. Explaining what the teams did, Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski said:
To ensure that none of its products and systems were compromised, it carried out an analysis of the Malwarebytes source code, build and delivery processes and even reverse-engineered its software. This, coupled with the fact that none of its internal systems were compromised, led the company to declare that its software remains safe to use.
To combat these sophisticated attacks, Malwarebytes has called on other security companies to continue sharing information so that responses are effective. It also thanked the security community for working over the holiday period to respond to the hack.
By Abhay V
Edge Dev build 89.0.767.0 is now out with minor autofill improvements and more
by Abhay Venkatesh
It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new Edge Dev build. Today, Microsoft is releasing build 89.0.767.0 to the Dev channel with a few new features, including the ability to save and autofill birthdays in text fields. The browser will now also detect possible addresses copied to the clipboard and suggest that information as data for forms or fields that require addresses.
The firm says that it has also completed the rollout of vertical tabs for all Dev users, so that feature should be enabled by default. Additionally, the firm recaps the recently added ability to test the Chromium-based Edge browser on HoloLens 2 devices that was rolled out through a Dev channel build.
Here is the complete list of features added with today’s build:
As usual, the firm is also documenting the various fixes made to the browser. Here is the list for the fixes for improved reliability:
And here is what’s fixed for addressing changed behavior:
And lastly, here are all the known issues that the firm is tracking, some of which have been on the list since the last few releases:
As usual, today’s build should be automatically downloaded and installed by the browser in the background. Alternatively, you can head into Settings > About Microsoft Edge to force-check for an update and download it.
Another noteworthy news for Edge Insiders is that the Beta channel builds for macOS now ship with support for Apple Silicon, something that the firm announced late last week. For those keeping a tab on the stable releases, Microsoft is expected to release version 88 for all users sometime this week.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft Lists is now available for iOS
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft announced that its Lists app for iOS is now available. First announced at Build as a Trello competitor, it showed up as a web app in July with a promised iOS app coming later. Now, that app is here.
The Lists app, as you'd probably guess, lets you access and edit the lists that you own and have been shared with you; and of course, you can create new lists. The difference with the mobile app, however, is that it's really meant to be used more on the go than the web app is. Microsoft uses an example of creating an issue tracker list while you're drinking coffee, or sharing a list from the car. For more complex tasks, you're really meant to be using the web app.
Microsoft posted a demo of the app:
Here's a list of features that are included in the mobile app:
As you'd expect if you've been using the service, you can create new lists from scratch or from templates, and you can even use an Excel file to get started. The app also supports offline usage and dark mode.
Now for the fine print. You need an Office 365 commercial subscription that includes SharePoint to access Lists, so if you're on a consumer Microsoft 365 plan, you're out of luck here. Microsoft is working on an Android app, as it promised to produce back at Build, although it's not coming until later this year. Also, the company is promising iPad-specific features to be added to the iOS app at some point.
By Hamza Jawad
Microsoft teams up with Cruise and GM to help commercialize self-driving vehicles
by Hamza Jawad
In recent months, Microsoft has formed cloud-centric partnerships with a variety of different firms, including Standard Chartered, Mastercard, PepsiCo, and more. Today, the tech giant has announced that it is teaming up with Cruise and General Motors (GM) to help commercialize the former's self-driving vehicles. This is not the first time the Redmond firm has aimed to accelerate the development of self-driving tech through different collaborations.
As part of this team-up, Cruise has chosen Azure as its preferred cloud provider, with GM also leveraging it as its preferred public cloud provider. Cruise is hoping that the increased cloud computing capabilities on offer will help make the process of commercializing its unique autonomous vehicle solutions at scale more efficient. On the other end, Microsoft will be looking to enhance its product innovation by availing Cruise's industry expertise.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella commented on this collaboration in the following way:
In addition to this, Microsoft, GM, Honda, and institutional investors are also going to be making a combined equity investment in Cruise, standing at more than $2 billion, and pushing the post-money valuation of the self-driving car service to $30 billion.
The Medium, Yakuza 3, 4, 5 Remastered, and more head to Xbox Game Pass
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Xbox Game Pass subscribers are about to get more high profile games this month, as Microsoft today announced what titles are incoming to its monthly services in the second half of January.
Some of the highlights include Control which finally got announced for the PC service during the weekend, the new Yakuza Remastered Collection that includes three games from the popular franchise, the Xbox platform exclusive title The Medium on its launch day, and Mimimi Games' popular real-time tactics game Desperados III.
Check out the list below for the incoming Xbox Game Pass titles, their platform, and arrival date.
Control (PC) – January 21 Desperados III (Android, Console, and PC) – January 21 Donut County (Android, Console, and PC) – January 21 Outer Wilds (Android) – January 21 Cyber Shadow (Android, Console, and PC) – January 26 The Medium (Xbox Series X|S and PC) – January 28 Yakuza 3 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC) – January 28 Yakuza 4 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC) – January 28 Yakuza 5 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC) – January 28 As new experiences arrive, some will be leaving the subscriptions near the end of January, with them being:
Microsoft still hasn't revealed the new launch date of EA Play on the Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription following its last-minute delay. Console gamers have had access to the Electronic Arts service since November as an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership perk.