Microsoft today announced that they have added the Win32/Zemot family to the Malicious Software Removal Tool. The Win32/Zemot family of trojan downloaders are used by malware such as Win32/Rovnix, Win32/Viknok, and Win32/Tesch with a number of different payloads. Zemot is usually distributed through the spambot malware Win32/Kuluoz and through the exploit kits Magnitude EK and Nuclear EK. You can see the infection chain above. We started seeing activity from TrojanDownloader:Win32/Upatre.B in late 2013 and identified this threat as the main distributor of the click fraud malware PWS:Win32/Zbot.gen!AP and PWS:Win32/Zbot.CF. We renamed the downloader to Zemot in May 2014. By taking into account both the machine and the file count telemetry, we can see that a single copy of Zemot is often mass distributed to the payload URLs (the download URLs for Win32/Kuluoz and the payload URL for the exploit kits). Some other notable characteristics of the Zemot family include: They ...

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Microsoft today announced the updates to the Office Mix portal and PowerPoint add-in that should make it even easier to use Office Mix. Find the list of new features and improvements below, Easy Contest Integration: Now, when you view your Mix Details or the list of mixes in the My Mixes tab, you’ll see a new button Submit to Contest. This button makes it easy to submit your mix to the Lessons to Life contest, where you can win up to 15 Surface Pro 3’s to donate to your favorite K-12 school. When you click the Submit to Contest button, you’ll automatically be taken to the Contest site with your name, address and address of your mix prepopulated for entry. This contest is open to most adults in the US (See here for full eligibility). Residents outside the US should stay tuned for more offers in the future! Export Analytics ...

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Yesterday, we reported the new Office Mix tool from Microsoft. Today, Microsoft announced that they have extended that preview to the public. Office Mix offers a simple way to turn your PowerPoint slides into interactive online lessons and presentations. Office Mix tool was developed as part of the Startup Business Group inside Microsoft that has released some pretty amazing technologies. 3D Printing for Windows, Power Map (aka Project GeoFlow) and one of my favorite Windows 8.1 apps, Fresh Paint, are just a few examples. Office Mix promises to make life much easier for teachers, or anyone else who spends much time developing and delivering PowerPoint presentations. Office Mix brings features like the ability to record inking, audio and video directly into PowerPoint so you can turn a slide deck into an interactive lesson and share it online with the press of a button. Office Mix adds functionality to PowerPoint 2013 that allows you to record ...

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Microsoft today launched the public preview of Office Mix, a new tool that will allow users to create interactive online lessons using PowerPoint. You can add whatever content you want into the Mix. Add audio and video of yourself giving your presentation, write on slides as you talk to them, insert quizzes, practice exercises, and more – all from within PowerPoint. You need Office 2013 and the free Office Mix add-in to do this. Features: Record. Write. Draw. Record audio or video of yourself giving a lecture. Write and draw directly in PowerPoint, just like you would on the whiteboard. Work in PowerPoint. Creating a mix is as simple as making a PowerPoint document. Just install our PowerPoint add-in, and then create lessons from your existing PowerPoint presentations or new ones. Save Time. Everything you need to create a mix is included in the PowerPoint add-in, so you don’t have ...

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Microsoft has released a tool called EMET which is a free tool available for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a utility designed to help users block hackers from gaining access to their systems through common attacks. EMET enables users to manage security mitigation technologies that help make it more difficult for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities in a given piece of software. EMET helps protect your computer from new or undiscovered threats until they can be addressed through formal security updates. Once installed, EMET works quietly in the background without interrupting your computer use. Like any security tool, EMET doesn’t guarantee that you’ll never have any problems, but it does make it much harder for an attacker to succeed. You can download EMET here. ...

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