Microsoft (MSFT – Get Report) may not tell you which government-backed hacker is trying to attack your email or cloud account, but at least the company will tell you someone is doing it. In expanding its policy, Microsoft will now notify its users when state-sponsored hackers attempt to infiltrate a user’s account.
Scott Charney, vice president of Trustworthy Computing, explained in a Microsoft blog why the company has made this move: “Because it is likely that the attack could be more sophisticated or more sustained than attacks from cyber criminals and others.”
However, when users receive a notification by Microsoft, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have been attacked. Added Charney, “It doesn’t necessarily mean that your account has been compromised, but it does mean we have evidence your account has been targeted, and it’s very important you take additional measures to keep your account secure.”
What types of measures? He warned users to change their passwords often and to make them more difficult, watch for suspicious activity, and be weary of suspicious emails and Web site.
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Microsoft shares closed at $55.48 Thursday, down 1.5%.
Looking to buy some land? Specifically, about 50 acres in Santa Clara, Calif.? If so, you’re in luck because Yahoo! (YHOO – Get Report) is looking to sell the property it bought in 2006 for $106 million.
The company has faced a difficult year. Investors called for Yahoo! to spin off its Alibaba (BABA – Get Report) stake, only to see management table the discussion late in the year after questions arose over whether there would be a tax bill attached to the maneuver, and if so how much.
As if the spinoff weren’t enough of a headache, the core business has continued its steady decline. As a result of the confusion, lack of performance and outright frustration, shares ended the year down nearly 35%.
The struggling core business is one reason the company could be looking to part ways with the land. Aside from raising a hefty amount of cash from the sale, the company is not growing the way it likely expected to nearly 10 years ago.
Instead, there have been calls for the company to reduce its staff — not expand — and cut down expenses. Without a means for expansion, there is no reason for the company to hold land while other Silicon Valley ventures look for opportunities.
Last week, TheStreet’s Chris Ciaccia predicted that Yahoo! will be bought in 2016.
Shares of Yahoo! ended the year at $33.26, off a fraction of a percent.
Virtual reality — or “VR” as the kids would call it — could be a lot closer to your living room than you may have thought. Oculus VR is perhaps the most well-known VR company out there, and announced it will ship a game, Lucky’s Tale, with its Rift gaming unit when it goes on sale next year.