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postheadericon Password-stealing security hole discovered in many Netgear routers

A security researcher has described how he uncovered a severe security hole in dozens of different Netgear routers, meaning that “hundreds of thousands, if not over a million” devices could be at risk of having their admin passwords stolen by hackers.

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postheadericon Austrian hotel experiences ‘ransomware of things attack’

Only one month into the new year, it appears that we may well have our first example jackware in 2017 with a ransomware of things attack on an Austrian hotel.

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postheadericon Shopkeeper Critically Injured In Gun Fight With Armed Robber

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — Late on Thursday night, an armed robber entered an auto shop and attempted to rob the owner at gun point. The owner pulled out his own gun and the two exchanged rounds. During the exchange of gunfire, the owner was hit twice and taken to a hospital in serious condition. The armed robber fled and it is unknown the extent of his injuries.

According to ABC News Channel 13, the owner is believed to be recovering from his wounds. Police are still on the look out for the armed robber.

As a business owner, it has to be especially hard to see your life’s work jeopardized in an instant because some criminal thinks he can take it. Tools, equipment, and most of all — your own life — are all up for grabs when a bad guy walks in the door.

This owner was injured and that is a shame. However, it’s a chance any person takes when he tries to defend himself. It shouldn’t mean we stop trying. If anything, after this man recovers, he’ll probably be more emboldened in his self defense.

Surviving failure is important. Learning from that failure to lessen the chances of it happening again is how we improve.

After a long day’s work, the senses are dulled. The mind and body are both tired. Having to push those things aside to maintain situational awareness takes exceptional discipline and self-awareness. That’s our first tool — our mind. A gun without a mind to use it properly is useless.

If anything, let this be a stark reminder to all those hard workers out there. Just because the end of the day has arrived, it doesn’t mean we throw our guard down. Situational awareness is the one key factor that can tip us off to a threat before that threat is upon us. What we can’t see, we can’t react to. Worse, we’re left in a truly horrible situation of needing to react and, instead, staring down the barrel of a bad guy’s gun.

Don’t be disheartened when a law-abiding citizen gets injured defending his life and his life’s work. It should be a reminder that we’re never ever at the top of our training and ability. That only comes through continuous, ardent practice.

I hope the owner makes a swift recovery. Carry everyday, everywhere.

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postheadericon Microsoft appoints Kevin Scott as Chief Technology Officer

REDMOND, Wash. – Jan. 24, 2017 Microsoft Corp. has named Kevin Scott to a newly created role of chief technology officer (CTO) for the company. This is an expansion of Scott’s new role at LinkedIn as senior vice president of Infrastructure. As Microsoft’s CTO, Scott will drive strategic, cross-company initiatives to maximize Microsoft’s impact with members and customers.

Scott joins Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella.

“We are thrilled that Kevin will bring to Microsoft his unique expertise developing platforms and services that empower people and organizations,” Satya said. “Kevin’s first area of focus is to bring together the world’s leading professional network and professional cloud.”

“The thing that gets me up in the morning and that has always excited me about technology is its role in empowering people and helping to enrich their lives,” Scott said. “I am very optimistic about where Microsoft is headed and how we can continue to use technology to solve some of society’s most important challenges.”

Scott will continue to play an active role at LinkedIn as senior vice president of Infrastructure and remain a member of LinkedIn’s executive management team. His distinguished 20-year career spans both academia and industry as a researcher, engineer and leader. Prior to his role as senior vice president of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn, Scott held a number of engineering leadership roles at Google and AdMob. Scott is an adviser to several Silicon Valley startups, an active angel investor and founder of the nonprofit organization Behind the Tech.

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postheadericon Worrying about data privacy isn’t enough: Here’s how to own your online presence

ESET’s Ondrej Kubovič: “Worrying about privacy isn’t enough” – here’s how to control your data privacy and online presence.

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postheadericon Sednit: How this notorious cyberespionage group operates

Take a closer look at the cyberespionage group Sednit, which has targeted over 1000 high-profile individuals and organizations with phishing attacks and zero-day exploits.

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postheadericon Concealed Carrier Has A Great Interaction With Law Enforcement, Thanks Deputy For His Professionalism

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS — A concealed carrier was pulled over by a deputy with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. After he told the officer he was carrying, the officer asked to see the gun. Once he saw it, he thanked the driver for telling him. The law enforcement interaction proceeded without incident. No one was hurt or worried. Everyone went about their day.

via the Austin Statesman

“I was a CHL holder, showed him that,” said the concealed carrier. “He asked me if I was carrying, and I had it in the center console. I showed it to him and he said thank you for telling me.”

The concealed carrier is an Army veteran and took to social media to kindly thank the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office for the professionalism of one of their deputies. The deputy insists he was just following protocol.

“I encourage people to carry lawfully, and to do it the legal way,” Bell said. “Because in an end result, they could help us out.”

I know a lot of concealed carriers have wrote in voicing their discomfort with the idea of getting pulled over. When police pull over a concealed carrier, ultimately, they just want a safe interaction. In discussions with current and former law enforcement, while their opinions on gun ownership and concealed carry may differ from their own personal experience, ultimately they all appreciated knowing the situation.

Now, depending upon where you’re pulled over, you may or may not be obliged to tell the officer. Some officers may prefer to not know. However, a common underlying theme is this: respect.

When you treat someone else with respect and have a regard for his or her own safety as well as your own, you are immediately inviting a positive interaction. It’s a net benefit.

Now every person — including some law enforcement — may not be receptive to that sort of interaction. That is on that person. You control you. It’s a win-win for all parties.

I’m happy to report when something in the concealed carry community goes right. While we love discussing how some concealed carrier saved someone else or himself, the reality for the vast majority of us is that we just simply need to get through the day. Most law enforcement officers I’ve interacted with have never given me a hard time so long as I abided by the law.

Do that and treat others with courtesy and don’t be surprised when the same is given to you. Good deal. Carry concealed every single day, everywhere you can. Know your state laws well enough to know how you’re supposed to govern yourself when interacting with law enforcement.

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postheadericon Apple Abandoning AirPort: Use An Open-Source Alternative

With Apple abandoning Airport, Open-Source Alternatives are your best bet towards establishing a secure network free from firmware bugs and backdoors.

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postheadericon An introduction to private browsing

Privacy and security fears are driving many people to look into the possibilities of private browsing. We investigate what it is and how you stay anonymous online

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postheadericon Microsoft Cloud strength highlights second quarter results

REDMOND, Wash. — January 26, 2017 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016:

  • Revenue was $ 24.1 billion GAAP, and $ 26.1 billion non-GAAP
  • Operating income was $ 6.2 billion GAAP, and $ 8.2 billion non-GAAP
  • Net income was $ 5.2 billion GAAP, and $ 6.5 billion non-GAAP
  • Diluted earnings per share was $ 0.66 GAAP, and $ 0.83 non-GAAP

Microsoft completed the acquisition of LinkedIn Corporation (“LinkedIn”) on December 8, 2016. Financial results from the acquired business are reported in the Productivity and Business Processes segment. For the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, the results of LinkedIn, including amortization of acquired intangible assets, contributed revenue, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share of $ 228 million, $ (201) million, $ (100) million, and $ (0.01), respectively.

“Our customers are seeing greater value and opportunity as we partner with them through their digital transformation,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Accelerating advancements in AI across our platforms and services will provide further opportunity to drive growth in the Microsoft Cloud.”

The following table reconciles our financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) to non-GAAP financial results. Microsoft has provided this non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding the company’s performance. Additional information regarding our non-GAAP definition is provided below. All growth comparisons relate to the corresponding period in the last fiscal year.

Three Months Ended December 31,
($ in millions, except per share amounts) Revenue Operating Income Net Income Diluted Earnings per Share
2015 As Reported (GAAP) $ 23,796 $ 6,026 $ 5,018 $ 0.62
Net Impact from Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals 1,710 1,710 1,128 0.14
2015 As Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals (non-GAAP) $ 25,506 $ 7,736 $ 6,146 $ 0.76
2016 As Reported (GAAP) $ 24,090 $ 6,177 $ 5,200 $ 0.66
Net Impact from Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals 1,976 1,976 1,315 0.17
2016 As Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals (non-GAAP) $ 26,066 $ 8,153 $ 6,515 $ 0.83
Percentage Change Y/Y (GAAP) 1% 3% 4% 6%
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) 2% 5% 6% 9%
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) Constant Currency 4% 8% 10% 13%

 

Microsoft is providing the following table to help investors compare results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 to the guidance previously provided for the quarter, which excluded LinkedIn.

Three Months Ended December 31,
($ in millions, except per share amounts) Revenue Operating Income Net Income Diluted Earnings per Share
2015 As Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals (non-GAAP) from Table Above $ 25,506 $ 7,736 $ 6,146 $ 0.76
2016 As Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals (non-GAAP) from Table Above $ 26,066 $ 8,153 $ 6,515 $ 0.83
LinkedIn Results Including Amortization of Acquired Intangible Assets 228 (201) (100) (0.01)
2016 As Further Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals, Excluding LinkedIn Results (non-GAAP) $ 25,838 $ 8,354 $ 6,615 $ 0.84
Percentage Change Y/Y Excluding LinkedIn Results (non-GAAP) 1% 8% 8% 11%
Percentage Change Y/Y Excluding LinkedIn Results (non-GAAP) Constant Currency 3% 11% 12% 15%

Microsoft returned $ 6.5 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.

“I am pleased with our results this quarter. We see strong demand for our cloud-based services and are executing well on our long-term growth strategy,” said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Microsoft.

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $ 7.4 billion and increased 10% (up 12% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 5% (up 7% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 commercial revenue growth of 47% (up 49% in constant currency)
  • Office consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 22% (up 21% in constant currency) and Office 365 consumer subscribers increased to 24.9 million
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 7% (up 9% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth
  • LinkedIn contributed revenue of $ 228 million for the period beginning on December 8, 2016

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $ 6.9 billion and increased 8% (up 10% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 12% (up 14% in constant currency) driven by double-digit annuity revenue growth
  • Azure revenue increased 93% (up 95% in constant currency) with Azure compute usage more than doubling year-over-year
  • Enterprise Services revenue decreased 4% (down 2% in constant currency) with declines in custom support agreements offset by growth in Premier Support Services and consulting

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $ 11.8 billion and decreased 5% (down 4% in constant currency) driven primarily by lower phone revenue, with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue increased 5% (up 5% in constant currency)
  • Windows commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 5% (up 6% in constant currency) driven by annuity revenue growth
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 10% (up 11% in constant currency) driven by increased revenue per search and search volume
  • Gaming revenue decreased 3% (down 1% in constant currency) with lower Xbox console revenue offset by Xbox software and services revenue growth

Acquisitions and Divestitures

Microsoft completed the acquisition of LinkedIn on December 8, 2016 and the sale of its feature phone business in November 2016.

Business Outlook

Microsoft will provide forward-looking guidance in connection with this quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call and webcast.

Webcast Details

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Frank Brod, chief accounting officer, John Seethoff, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, and Chris Suh, general manager of Investor Relations, will host a conference call and webcast at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time (5:30 p.m. Eastern time) today to discuss details of the company’s performance for the quarter and certain forward-looking information. The session may be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/investor. The webcast will be available for replay through the close of business on January 26, 2018.

“As Adjusted” Financial Results and non-GAAP Measures

During the second quarter of fiscal years 2017 and 2016, GAAP revenue, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share include the net impact from Windows 10 revenue deferrals. During the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, GAAP revenue, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share include the results of LinkedIn. These items are defined below. In addition to these financial results reported in accordance with GAAP, Microsoft has provided certain non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding the company’s performance. Presenting these non-GAAP measures gives additional insight into operational performance and helps clarify trends affecting the company’s business. For comparability of reporting, management considers this information in conjunction with GAAP amounts in evaluating business performance.

Net Impact from Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals. With respect to our non-GAAP measures related to Windows 10 revenue, we believe these measures bridge investor information and minimize potential confusion during the brief period between the time Windows 10 revenue recognition moved from upfront to ratable, and the adoption of the new revenue standard, when Windows 10 will again be recognized predominantly upfront. The net change in Windows 10 revenue from period to period is indicative of the net change in revenue we expect from adoption of the new revenue standard.

LinkedIn Results. With respect to our non-GAAP measure related to LinkedIn results, we believe this measure will help investors compare actual results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 to the guidance previously provided for the quarter, which excluded LinkedIn. We do not anticipate providing this non-GAAP measure in the future as our guidance will incorporate expected results for LinkedIn.

These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, the measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP Definitions

Net Impact from Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals. Microsoft recorded net revenue deferrals of $ 2.0 billion during the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 and net revenue deferrals of $ 1.7 billion during the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, related to Windows 10.

With the launch of Windows 10 in July 2015, Windows 10 customers receive future versions and updates at no additional charge. Under current revenue recognition accounting guidance, when standalone software is sold with future upgrade rights, revenue must be deferred over the life of the computing device on which it is installed. This is different from prior versions of Windows, which were sold without upgrade rights, where all revenue from original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) customers was recognized at the time of billing, i.e., upfront.

When Microsoft adopts the new revenue standard, predominantly all Windows OEM revenue will be recognized at the time of billing, which is similar to the revenue recognition for prior versions of Windows. Additional information regarding the new revenue standard is provided in the “Recent Accounting Guidance Not Yet Adopted” section of Microsoft’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 (Notes to Financial Statements). Microsoft reflects the recognition of Windows 10 revenue at the time of billing in “As Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals (non-GAAP)” revenue to provide comparability during the short period where Windows 10 will be recognized over the estimated life of a device, i.e., ratable, rather than at the time of billing.

LinkedIn Results. For the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, LinkedIn contributed revenue, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share of $ 228 million, $ (201) million, $ (100) million, and $ (0.01), respectively. Microsoft excludes the results of LinkedIn and reflects the recognition of Windows 10 revenue at the time of billing in “As Further Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals, Excluding LinkedIn Results (non-GAAP)” to help investors compare results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 to the guidance previously provided for the quarter, which excluded LinkedIn.

Constant Currency

Microsoft presents constant currency information to provide a non-GAAP framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period non-GAAP results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars using the average exchange rates from the comparative period rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective periods. The non-GAAP financial measures presented below should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, the measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. All growth comparisons relate to the corresponding period in the last fiscal year.

Financial Performance Constant Currency Reconciliation

Three Months Ended December 31,
($ in millions, except per share amounts) Revenue Operating Income Net Income Diluted Earnings per Share
2015 As Reported (GAAP) $ 23,796 $ 6,026 $ 5,018 $ 0.62
2015 As Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals (non-GAAP) $ 25,506 $ 7,736 $ 6,146 $ 0.76
2016 As Reported (GAAP) $ 24,090 $ 6,177 $ 5,200 $ 0.66
2016 As Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals (non-GAAP) $ 26,066 $ 8,153 $ 6,515 $ 0.83
2016 As Further Adjusted for Windows 10 Revenue Deferrals, Excluding LinkedIn Results (non-GAAP) $ 25,838 $ 8,354 $ 6,615 $ 0.84
Percentage Change Y/Y (GAAP) 1% 3% 4% 6%
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) 2% 5% 6% 9%
Percentage Change Y/Y Excluding LinkedIn Results (non-GAAP) 1% 8% 8% 11%
Constant Currency Impact $ (339) $ (228) $ (260) $ (0.03)
Constant Currency Impact Excluding LinkedIn $ (333) $ (223) $ (251) $ (0.03)
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) Constant Currency 4% 8% 10% 13%
Percentage Change Y/Y Excluding LinkedIn Results (non-GAAP) Constant Currency 3% 11% 12% 15%

Segment Revenue Constant Currency Reconciliation

Three Months Ended December 31,
($ in millions) Productivity and Business Processes Intelligent Cloud More Personal Computing
2015 As Reported (GAAP) $ 6,690 $ 6,343 $ 12,473
2016 As Reported (GAAP) $ 7,382 $ 6,861 $ 11,823
Percentage Change Y/Y (GAAP) 10% 8% (5)%
Constant Currency Impact $ (108) $ (112) $ (119)
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) Constant Currency 12% 10% (4)%

Selected Product and Service Revenue Constant Currency Reconciliation       

Three Months Ended December 31,
Percentage Change Y/Y (GAAP) Constant Currency Impact Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) Constant Currency
Office commercial products and cloud services 5% 2% 7%
Office 365 commercial 47% 2% 49%
Office consumer products and cloud services 22% (1)% 21%
Dynamics products and cloud services 7% 2% 9%
Server products and cloud services 12% 2% 14%
Azure 93% 2% 95%
Enterprise Services (4)% 2% (2)%
Windows OEM 5% 0% 5%
Windows commercial products and cloud services 5% 1% 6%
Search advertising excluding traffic acquisition costs 10% 1% 11%
Gaming (3)% 2% (1)%

 Commercial Cloud Annualized Revenue Run Rate

Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate is calculated by taking revenue in the final month of the quarter multiplied by twelve for Office 365 commercial, Azure, Dynamics 365, and other cloud properties.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are “forward-looking statements” are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as:

  • intense competition in all of Microsoft’s markets;
  • increasing focus on services presents execution and competitive risks;
  • significant investments in new products and services that may not be profitable;
  • acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances may have an adverse effect on our business;
  • impairment of goodwill or amortizable intangible assets causing a significant charge to earnings;
  • Microsoft’s continued ability to protect and earn revenues from its intellectual property rights;
  • claims that Microsoft has infringed the intellectual property rights of others;
  • the possibility of unauthorized disclosure of significant portions of Microsoft’s source code;
  • cyber-attacks and security vulnerabilities in Microsoft products and services that could reduce revenue or lead to liability;
  • disclosure of personal data that could cause liability and harm to Microsoft’s reputation;
  • outages, data losses, and disruptions of our online services if we fail to maintain an adequate operations infrastructure;
  • government litigation and regulation that may limit how Microsoft designs and markets its products;
  • potential liability under trade protection and anti-corruption laws resulting from our international operations;
  • laws and regulations relating to the handling of personal data may impede the adoption of our services or result in increased costs, legal claims, or fines against us;
  • Microsoft’s ability to attract and retain talented employees;
  • adverse results in legal disputes;
  • unanticipated tax liabilities;
  • Microsoft’s hardware and software products may experience quality or supply problems;
  • exposure to increased economic and operational uncertainties from operating a global business, including the effects of foreign currency exchange;
  • catastrophic events or geo-political conditions may disrupt our business; and
  • adverse economic or market conditions may harm our business.

For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with Microsoft’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of Microsoft’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Microsoft’s Investor Relations department at (800) 285-7772 or at Microsoft’s Investor Relations website at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/investor.

All information in this release is as of January 26, 2017. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

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