With the release of Windows 10 Insider build 17650, Microsoft added a new stripped down version called "Windows Lean" that uses approximately 2GB less space on x64 systems. It achieves this by not installing many of the standard apps and features that are usually installed in Windows 10.
In the latest Redstone 5 skip ahead build for Windows 10 Insiders, Microsoft has added a hidden feature that enables a dark theme in File Explorer. While the new theme is in the very beginning development stages (hopefully!!), it's currently not a sight to behold.
This week was mostly small variants released, but we did have some interesting news. First we had a Microsoft engineer facing federal charges for involvement in the Reveton Ransomware, a decryptor released for Vortex, the Magnitude exploit kit is now pushing GandCrab, and a ransomware is trying to make money off of Syrian refugees.
Yesterday Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17650 to insiders on the Redstone 5 Skip Ahead ring. In this build, Microsoft focused on Windows Defender with a new design to the Windows Defender Security Center and adding Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) support to the Windows Defender Firewall.
A new ransomware called RansSIRIA has been discovered by MalwareHunterTeam that encrypts your files and then states it will donate your ransom payments to Syrian refugees. This ransomware is a variant of the WannaPeace ransomware and is targeting Brazilian victims.
Windows 10 builds contain many hidden features that are used by Microsoft to debug code or test applications that have not been officially released yet. A new tool has been released that enables you to find and enable these hidden features in Windows 10.
When ransomware developers achieve huge media buzz like we saw with the PUBG Ransomware, it is not surprising to see other developers creating copycats. This is the case with two new in-development ransomware programs, if we can even call them that, for both Minecraft and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO).
While nobody likes a cheater in online games, sometimes how a company monitors and bans cheaters can go wrong. Such is the case with a recent ban fest unleashed by ArenaNet for their Guild Wars 2 game, which used a program that monitored all processes running on a computer for blacklisted programs.
Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17134 (Redstone 4) to insiders on the fast ring. This build does not contain any new features, but rather acts as a new build with security updates included that fix the vulnerabilities from KB4100375.
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced yesterday that Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE, has been banned from purchasing goods from U.S. companies. This order was issued due to a breach of a settlement between ZTE and the US government after ZTE was found violating Iran and North Korea
Not too much new ransomware released this week, but rather just general ransomware news. One item of interest was the joke ransomware called PUBG Ransomware that made you play Player's Unknown Battleground in order to decrypt your files. Other than that, it was just news about new variants that were released or about variants.
While ransomware has evolved into targeted attacks rather than mass spam campaigns, it is still a significant threat to businesses and consumers. Microsoft must agree, as in the upcoming Spring Creators Update, Microsoft has added a dedicated Ransomware Protection section in the Windows Defender Security Center settings.
A highly requested feature is the ability to use copy and paste keyboard shortcuts when in a Windows 10 Bash prompt. As of Windows Insider build 17643, this feature is now available as a setting in the Windows Command Prompt.
Yesterday Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17643 to insiders on the Redstone 5 Skip Ahead ring. In this build Microsoft adds Sets+Office 365 integration and Microsoft Edge, Data Sense, and Magnifier improvements.
Mozilla has begun to roll out a system addon that enables TLS 1.3 in Firefox. Based on bug reports, this addon was launched on April 3rd, 2017 and is being delivered as a silent update to Firefox that will enable TLS 1.3 for 50% of the users who install it.