Copilot will be rolled out for Outlook Classic under Windows (June 2024)

[German]Microsoft announced last week that the AI assistant Copilot is now available in classic Outlook for Windows. The Copilot feature in classic Outlook for Windows is already available to most Microsoft 365 customers in the Current Channel or Monthly Enterprise Channel.

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Microsoft engages in damage limitation at congressional hearing (13.6.2024): Safety takes priority over AI

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]Microsoft has had little to laugh about when it comes to security in recent months. The security disasters and the lack of a security culture have fallen on Redmond's shoulders in the form of veritable security incidents. In a hearing held by a US Congressional Homeland Security Committee on June 13, 2024, it became clear that Microsoft was responsible for a cascade of cybersecurity breaches that degenerated into cyber incidents. Microsoft's President, Brad Smith, tried to limit the damage. The statement to Congress: Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, has taken personal responsibility for cyber security at the company. And security would take priority over AI in future – a remarkable statement, given that just a short time ago it was "the end of the world if a customer wasn't fully up and running with Microsoft's AI by three".".

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How to find weak passwords in Active Directory and eliminate them with PowerShell

[Sponsored Post]Weak or compromised passwords are a known gateway for attackers. If you are able to identify which users in Active Directory (AD) are threatened by this, then PowerShell can help to remedy it. However, PowerShell scripts cannot eliminate basic AD deficits, other tools are needed for this. More ...

Microsoft removes the falsely "Edge installed" Copilot app from Windows

Edge[German]Along the lines of "We made a mistake", Microsoft rolled out the Copilot app to Windows (Windows 10/11 clients and Windows Server 2022) in March 2024 with an "accidental" Edge update. Redmond has since "cleaned up" and gradually uninstalled the "unintentionally" installed Copilot app from all affected Windows versions.

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Outlook RCE vulnerability CVE-2024-30103 fixed in June 2024

[German]With the security updates of June 11, 2024, Microsoft has also closed a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook. The vulnerability CVE-2024-30103 allows remote code execution when opening an email. Patching is strongly recommended.

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Whistleblower: Microsoft ignored warnings about AD bug; was exploited in 2020 SolarWinds hack

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]We all know that security has been a priority at Microsoft for years – no kidding. And every Windows is the best and most secure Windows ever. Whistleblower and ex-employee Andrew Harris says Microsoft ignored his warnings about an Active Directory flaw for years. In 2020, Harris left the company, and in 2020 the SolarWinds hack probably occurred via this vulnerability. At Microsoft, features and gimmicks take precedence over security. These are serious allegations, but they sound plausible.

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Windows 11 Copilot+PC will be released without recall

Windows[German]What a PR disaster for Microsoft – next week, devices with the "Copilot+PC" concept are to be launched on the market. But the most important function "Windows Recall", which Microsoft recently praised as the "philosopher's stone of AI", will be missing. There is the recall of Recall, which is now haunting the web as a meme. The pressure and outcry from security experts regarding this function was probably too big.

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Windows 11: Microsoft blocks bypass for local account during setup

Windows[German]Microsoft seems to have started blocking the solutions for creating a local user account during setup. The option of simply entering an invalid e-mail address in the step to set up a Microsoft account and thus accessing the mask to create a local user account no longer works in new Windows 11 builds. Fortunately, there are still ways to force a local user account during the Windows 11 setup.

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Crown Equipment victim of a cyber attack? – sites and production down

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]According to my information, the forklift manufacturer, Crown Equipment Corporation, has been the (possibile) victim of a cyber attack. The websites are no longer accessible – and employees are being sent home. Production plants has been shut down since Monday, June 10, 2024). In the USA, it is said that people have not been paid either. Officially, the company is tight lipped – here is the information I have researched.

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Windows: DirectAccess discontinued; Always On VPN recommended

Windows[German]Since Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, DirectAccess has enabled clients to connect to corporate networks without installing a VPN. Microsoft has now declared DirectAccess as deprecated in Windows. As of June 2024, there is a new entry in the list of deprecated features. DirectAccess is obsolete and will be removed in a future version of Windows. Microsoft recommend to migrate from DirectAccess to Always On VPN.

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Windows June 2024 updates: LSass bug fixed; AuthLite on domain controllers broken and more

Windows[German]On June 11, 2024, Microsoft released its security updates for this month. The updates fix the LSass bug (memory leak), update Curl.exe and bring some other changes. But I have received an initial report of installation problems. And under Windows Server (2016 – 2022), the June 2024 update ensures that AuthLite (2FA authentication) no longer works on domain controllers. Anyone using the module should therefore not install the update yet.

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