News Week Ending April 3, 2022

Lapsus$ hacks Microsoft
by Artie Kaye

Microsoft was hacked by Lapsus$.  Instead of using software or ransomware, Lapsus$ has been using social networking, relying on people within the company to gain access to their networks.  This has been a common and effective method of gaining access to networks for decades.  Microsoft says that no personal data was taken, and the data posted online by Lapsus$ is related to Cortana, Bing, and Bing maps code.

Watermarks to indicate functionality of Windows 11
by Artie Kaye

Windows 11 users who are using the operating system on older machines may find a little message from Microsoft in the lower right-hand corner of the desktop:  A watermark saying that hardware is not supported by the operating system.  One major problem that arises from this is Microsoft may not update drivers for these parts automatically via Windows updates.  Some functions of Windows 11 may also not be accessed if this watermark appears.

Opinion: Websites in Russia
by Artie Kaye

With the current conflict in Ukraine, many online companies are being blocked in Russia, and many Russian companies are being blocked outside Russia. With these increasing daily, it’s a good idea to find out where your supply chain starts and ends.  Software, web hosting, or even virus protection may not be accessible in the near future.  A little work now can save a potentially big headache later.