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postheadericon Microsoft opens cybersecurity center to protect Mexicans

MEXICO CITY Feb. 24, 2017 To reinforce its commitment to help people, companies and countries within Latin America to continue their journey towards digital transformation, Microsoft is launching a Cybersecurity Engagement Center in Mexico, part of a global initiative to present the company’s unique perspective on matters of IT security, which is not only the result of several decades of experience in the development and ongoing improvement of software, but also of the operation of one of the industry’s most robust and trustworthy cloud computing platforms.

At Microsoft there is a strong belief that having a fixed stance on operational security is the starting point, which also implies its continuous practice. This is made a reality by the company’s goals that focus on protecting, detecting and responding to security threats.

“At Microsoft, we are committed to invest in the region so we can bring our cybersecurity capabilities to customers by identifying current threats that affect the economy’s prosperity. By opening this Cybersecurity Center, we are offering our clients protection from attacks and security risks, as well as ways to detect them and find solutions,” explained Jorge Silva, general manager of Microsoft Mexico.

The center will serve Mexico and other Latin American countries. Some of its functions will include:

  • Taking advantage of Microsoft’s proactive role in matters of fighting cybercrime, particularly in the dismantling of criminal organizations that operate through Botnet schemes
  • Allowing cybersecurity experts from Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America to work with Microsoft specialists to fight cybercrime together
  • Acting as a headquarters for the development of training activities in order to support the building and strengthening of technical capabilities; these activities are geared toward authorities and the public sector

“This new center will work together with Microsoft’s Cybercrime Center in Redmond, Washington. The objective is to help companies and governments with security solutions, which help them in their digital transformation through the international support of the intelligence, data analysis, avant-garde forensics and legal strategies that we offer,” added Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, during his visit to the Cybersecurity Center in Mexico City.

In conjunction with the opening of this center, Microsoft is signing with the Federal Police (in representation of the Mexican government), a Government Security Program that reinforces the work of carrying out actions focused on technological research in order to promote IT security and also to prevent and fight crimes that are committed through the internet.

The agreement was signed by Manelich Castilla, commissioner general of the Federal Police, and Jorge Silva, general manager of Microsoft Mexico. Renato Sales Heredia, national security commissioner of Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior, and Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, were present as honorary witnesses.

“By opening this center, we are bringing Microsoft’s offer of security increasingly closer to customers in order to be a strategic part of their transformation, and together we will create a country and a region that are more prosperous and productive, and above all, that are safer,” concluded Jorge Silva, general manager of Microsoft Mexico.

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Lead image: Jorge Silva, General Manager of Microsoft Mexico; Renato Sales Heredia, National Security Commissioner of Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior; Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations; and Alejandra Lagunes, Mexico’s National Digital Strategy Coordinator.

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postheadericon Stalker Shows Up To Victim’s Home, Opens Fire — Gets Hit In Return Fire By One Of The Occupants

LOS ALTOS HILLS, CALIFORNIA — A man from Georgia approached the doorstep of a home where a woman was seeking shelter. The family living at that home saw him approach with a handgun drawn and reported it to authorities. The suspect forced his way into the home and opened fire on her and at least two other residents before one of the residents returned fire. The assailant, 43-year-old William Brady III, was wounded in the exchange.

Local sheriffs deputies found the suspect lying on the ground with a gunshot wound, according to Mercury News. The woman was staying with the residents and she reported that she knew Brady was stalking her. The male resident of the home saw him approaching with a gun drawn and retrieved his own to protect himself and the other residents. Deputies are treating this case as self-defense and no charges are expected.

Brady’s handgun was recovered as evidence and he was admitted to a local hospital to receive treatment for his wounds. He is expected to be charged with attempted murder.

The woman allegedly sought a restraining order against Brady back when she was in Georgia but there is no confirmation a restraining order was ever issued. In Santa Clara County, an emergency protective order was sought for her and the residents of that home and it was granted.

This is why we keep presenting one simple point. If you have reason to believe someone is or may become a threat to you or your household, seek a protective order or restraining order. It’s a paper trail that helps assist law enforcement and it acts as an additional legal blow against your aggressor should he or she violate the conditions of that order.

The hardest thing for people to do is make the right determination whether a restraining order is warranted. It’s scary. It’s like admitting that there is a real threat to your life whereby perhaps you can just ignore that threat by not getting a restraining order. Don’t do it.

Ignoring the red flags of someone who may be mentally unstable and violent towards you comes at your own peril.

This woman followed the right steps and thankfully, when Brady showed up, there was someone in the home with a firearm that could resist him. If there hadn’t been, Brady was clearly intent on murdering the residents of that home as well as his intended victim.

Be safe. Take the proper precautions against a potential threat. Don’t take chances and carry a firearm everyday, everywhere you can. Even California begrudgingly gets it. Your life is worth it.

Concealed Nation

postheadericon Ex-Boyfriend Breaks Into Current Boyfriend’s Apartment And Opens Fire — Current Boyfriend Thankfully Had A Gun

DENVER, COLORADO — An unidentified man broke into an apartment located in a suburb of Denver and allegedly opened fire on the current occupant. The occupant successfully returned fire, striking and killing the intruder. Authorities suspect the man was tracking down an ex-girlfriend, who didn’t live at that residence but was visiting her current boyfriend.

According to the Aurora Sentinel, the intruder was unresponsive at the scene and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead. The relationship between him and the former girlfriend appears to have been terminated several months back.

This type of story has replayed with varying results through contemporary history. Spurned lover seeks vengeance for ‘unrequited love’ or some derivative thereof.

Here’s the result of this case: a man is dead due to a justifiable use of deadly force. Worse, if he had not been stopped, he may have gone on to murder the occupants of that apartment just based upon his feels.

Feels are the path of the dark side, folks, and especially when guns are at play. We always advocate for responsible concealed carry and home defense. With modern relationships having the life expectancy of a pair of running socks, there’s bound to be some hard feelings.

Thankfully, a man was armed and able to fight back. That’s how this story ended and it’s how it should always end. The occupant of the apartment won’t be charged for a crime and the family of the deceased will likely be shaking their head, wondering why their son was so stupid as to kick down a door and open fire on people he had no business visiting that sort of anger onto.

Distressed former lovers have to figure out their own path in this world.

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postheadericon Microsoft opens Windows Holographic to partners for a new era of mixed reality

TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 1, 2016 — Wednesday at Computex 2016, Microsoft Corp.

invited its Windows 10 hardware partners to create virtual reality (VR) devices, augmented reality devices and everything in between with Windows Holographic, the platform that powers Microsoft HoloLens. In opening up Windows Holographic to partners, Microsoft shared its vision for mixed reality — a world where devices interact with each other to change the way people work, communicate, learn and play.

“With Windows 10, we’ve been on an incredible journey with our partners, and today we usher in the next frontier of computing — mixed reality,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices.

Windows: The only holographic platform

With over 80 million virtual reality devices expected in the market, per year, by 2020, the business opportunity for virtual reality is vast. Yet, today’s devices are built with related but differing technologies — ranging from virtual to augmented reality. These devices and experiences do not work together today, because of different user interfaces, interaction models, input methods, peripherals and applications. Most virtual reality experiences can’t mix real people, objects and environments into the virtual world, making creation and collaboration difficult.

Windows Holographic unites these worlds and enables innovation across a range of devices. Windows Holographic offers a holographic shell and user interface, perception APIs, and Xbox Live services, enabling a familiar experience across apps and content. All Universal Windows apps can run on the Windows Holographic platform. Today there are nearly a thousand Universal Windows Apps that run on Windows Holographic.

In a mixed reality world, devices can offer experiences that extend beyond the virtual world. Imagine wearing a VR device and seeing your physical hands as you manipulate an object, working on the scanned 3-D image of a real object, or bringing a real-life holographic representation of another person into your virtual world so you can collaborate. In this world, devices can spatially map your environment wherever you are; manipulating digital content is as easy and natural as it is in the real world. Interested partners can learn more at

In addition to opening up Windows Holographic to its partner ecosystem for the future, Microsoft is working with Intel Corporation, AMD Inc., Qualcomm Inc., HTC Corp., Acer Inc., ASUS, Dell Inc., Falcon Northwest, HP, Lenovo Group Ltd., MSI and many others to build a hardware ecosystem supporting great virtual reality experiences on Windows 10.

Celebrating new Windows 10 devices

Nick Parker, corporate vice president, OEM division, highlighted how Microsoft works hand-in-hand with PC makers, celebrating innovation in hardware from PCs to gaming to Internet of Things and beyond.

The latest on Microsoft’s involvement at Computex 2016 — including new Windows 10 devices from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and MSI — can be found at the Windows blog.

Microsoft at Computex

Visitors to Computex 2016 this week can view the new Windows 10 devices at the Microsoft Booth L0110, located at Nangang Hall 4F, Computers and Systems area. The show is open through June 4.

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postheadericon Open SSH bug opens brute force attack window

A newly disclosed bug in widely-used OpenSSH software allows attackers to make thousands of password guesses in a short space of time.

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