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Microsoft will let users do without passwords

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Users will be able to remove passwords from their accounts and choose an alternative authentication method.

Microsoft announced its intention to allow users to remove passwords and sign in to Microsoft accounts without them. The change will begin to take effect in the next few weeks.

According to the company, users will be able to remove passwords from their accounts and choose an alternative authentication method:

  • Security keys;

  • Verification codes sent by email or SMS;

  • Windows Hello biometric system;

  • Microsoft Authenticator mobile app.

The company allowed Azure corporate users to ditch passwords in favor of more secure alternatives in March this year. This step is associated with a huge number of requests to add this function from Microsoft corporate customers.

System administrators and engineers have asked Microsoft to provide them with the ability to protect accounts from brute force attacks, which have become extremely popular among cybercriminals thanks to the publication of billions of credentials in the public domain over the past ten years.

Microsoft currently detects 579 password attacks every second, according to Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of security, compliance, identity and governance. The number of such attacks reaches 18 billion per year.

As explained by Jakkal, this is due to the fact that users have difficulty remembering a large number of passwords and either use the same password for all of their accounts, or come up with very simple passwords that are easy to guess.

“According to one of our recent studies, 15% of people use their pets’ nicknames as passwords. Other popular choices include the names of family members and important dates such as birthdays. One in ten admitted to using the same password for different sites, and 40% of those surveyed reported using a formula like Fall2021 for their passwords, followed by Winter2021 or Spring2022, ”Jakkal said.

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17-year-old hacker who allegedly leaked GTA 6 gameplay videos online arrested in UK

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17 year old hacker who allegedly leaked GTA 6 gameplay videos online

London police today announced the capture of a 17-year-old teenager suspected of cybercrime in Oxfordshire. At the moment, it is only reported that the arrested person is in custody.

17-year-old hacker who allegedly leaked GTA 6 gameplay videos online arrested in UK

The police declined to say what caused the arrest, but a number of facts indicate that this particular teenager, associated with the Lapsus$ hacker group, previously hacked into Uber, and recently posted screenshots and videos of GTA 6 gameplay on the Web.

In March, Bloomberg wrote that the person believed to be behind several major network hacks was a 16-year-old teenager whose home is in Oxfordshire. Uber wrote on its blog after the hack: “We believe this attacker (or attackers) is associated with a hacker group called Lapsus$, which is becoming more and more active.” A hacker who posted a GTA 6 video online claimed responsibility for the attack on Uber in forum posts.

Recall, yesterday it became known that the FBI joined the investigation into the hacking of Uber and the publication of GTA 6 materials online.

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The security specialist was able to “hack” the PS5 through the same vulnerability that he used to jailbreak the PS4

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Security specialist Andy Nguyen was able to bypass the protection of the PS5 game console and “hack” it using an old vulnerability that he also used on the PS4. It concerns the features of the exFAT file system in Sony’s implementation. In 2020, Nguyen managed to jailbreak his PS4 using the same vulnerability. As a result, the specialist received full access to the system core.

The security specialist was able to

The researcher suggested that during the transition from FreeBSD9 to FreeBSD11, the patch that closed the vulnerability somehow stopped working or was removed during the upgrade. The specialist has already reported the vulnerability to the company, which paid him $10,000. The same amount Nguyen received for the same vulnerability on PS4.

The PlayStation hack allows the user to install emulators of other consoles, play pirated versions of games, and also unlock some features that are not normally available to users.

At the same time, Nguyen explained that the error he discovered was just one of a chain of errors required for a full PlayStation 5 jailbreak. To date, the newest console has not been hacked.

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Only pin code, only hardcore. Locking a smartphone with a fingerprint reduces its security, says Group-IB digital forensics specialist

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Group-IB digital forensics specialist Igor Mikhailov told the Prime agency why you should not use a fingerprint on your phone.

According to him, locking a smartphone with a fingerprint reduces its security, as the fingerprint can be copied. In addition, it is possible to unlock the gadget with someone else’s fingerprints, especially on devices with an old sensor.

Only pin code, only hardcore.  Locking a smartphone with a fingerprint reduces its security, says Group-IB digital forensics specialist

The most secure way to unlock a smartphone, according to Mikhailov, is to use complex passwords. He advised to turn off the fingerprint login and leave only the pin code.

As for unlocking a smartphone by face, Apple’s Face ID system is the most reliable, but even its enthusiasts managed to deceive with photos and masks of the owners.

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