Paul Thurrotts WinInfo http://windowsitpro.com/taxonomy/term/17521/more en Hacker Group Takes Down Xbox Live and PSN on Christmas Day http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/hacker-group-takes-down-xbox-live-and-psn-christmas-day <div class="field-deck"> I guess we'll be playing the single player campaign for now </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A hacker group launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network on Christmas Day, making the services inaccessible for millions of users. As of Friday morning, some users were still experiencing difficulties connecting to certain parts of the services.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/hacker-group-takes-down-xbox-live-and-psn-christmas-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/hacker-group-takes-down-xbox-live-and-psn-christmas-day#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:10:00 +0000 125901 at http://windowsitpro.com Short Takes: December 24, 2014 http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-december-24-2014 <div class="field-deck"> An often irreverent look at this short holiday week's other news </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An often irreverent look at this short holiday week's other news, including a holiday break, Ireland supports Microsoft in email warrant case, Google and Microsoft team up to prevent hotel Wi-Fi blocking, Mississippi AG has it in for Google, and Sony relents on the overwhelming demand and will release the most eagerly-awaited film of all time on Christmas Day.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-december-24-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-december-24-2014#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:41:00 +0000 125891 at http://windowsitpro.com North Korea Was Erased From the Internet on Monday http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/north-korea-was-erased-internet-monday <div class="field-deck"> If only there was a "dislike" button </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In what might have been the first sign of US retaliation against North Korea's electronic attack on Sony Pictures, the totalitarian country dropped completely off the Internet on Monday for several hours with widespread outages continuing into Tuesday. At this time, it's not clear what triggered the massive outage. But it does seem like the "proportional response" promised by US president Obama, especially when you consider that North Korea's small Internet-accessible population is largely military or governmental in nature.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/north-korea-was-erased-internet-monday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/north-korea-was-erased-internet-monday#comments Cloud Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Security Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:49:00 +0000 125851 at http://windowsitpro.com Obama: Sony Hack Was Cyber-Vandalism, Not Act of War http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/obama-sony-hack-was-cyber-vandalism-not-act-war <div class="field-deck"> Crime, not war </div> <div class="node-body article-body">US president Barack Obama said this weekend that the North Korean electronic attack of Sony Pictures' computer systems and subsequent leaking of information was an act of cyber-vandalism, not war. This declaration effectively limits any potential response to the attack the United States, though what that response might be remains to be seen.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/obama-sony-hack-was-cyber-vandalism-not-act-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/obama-sony-hack-was-cyber-vandalism-not-act-war#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:35:00 +0000 125541 at http://windowsitpro.com Short Takes: December 19, 2014 http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-december-19-2014 <div class="field-deck"> An often irreverent look at this week's other news </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including Dean Hachamovitch's exit from Microsoft, a bizarre but temporary anti-Google post, Microsoft will take on tech support scammers, a long-awaited Xbox VR headset may appear next year, and the US is trying to figure out an appropriate response to the North Korea hack of Sony.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-december-19-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-december-19-2014#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:08:00 +0000 125521 at http://windowsitpro.com Reports: North Korea Identified as Source of Sony Hack http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/reports-north-korea-identified-source-sony-hack <div class="field-deck"> A not so unsubstantiated threat after all </div> <div class="node-body article-body">NBC News and The New York Times are independently reporting that the United States has determined that the North Korean government was indeed behind the electronic attack against Sony. This isn't the first time a government has instigated such an attack against a public company, but the terrorism threats that have accompanied the hack are a concerning new low.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/reports-north-korea-identified-source-sony-hack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/reports-north-korea-identified-source-sony-hack#comments Cloud Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:18:00 +0000 125451 at http://windowsitpro.com Apple Wins iPod/iTunes Antitrust Case http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-wins-ipoditunes-antitrust-case <div class="field-deck"> Probably the right decision </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A federal jury in California has determined that Apple's efforts to undermine competitors to iTunes and the iPod a decade ago did not constitute antitrust violations and did not harm a class of consumers. The decision was reached after just four hours of deliberation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-wins-ipoditunes-antitrust-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-wins-ipoditunes-antitrust-case#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Apple Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:36:00 +0000 125291 at http://windowsitpro.com In Email Warrant Case, Microsoft Finds Friends in High Places http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/email-warrant-case-microsoft-finds-friends-high-places <div class="field-deck"> Lots of support for the law </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft's efforts to prevent the US government from illegally seizing evidence held in its email servers in Ireland has garnered an incredible level of support from within the tech community and beyond. On Monday, the software giant announced that it has filed 10 legal briefs in the case which are signed by 28 leading technology and media companies, 35 leading computer scientists, and 23 trade associations and advocacy organizations.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/email-warrant-case-microsoft-finds-friends-high-places" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/email-warrant-case-microsoft-finds-friends-high-places#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:45:00 +0000 125231 at http://windowsitpro.com In Rapid Rise, Xiaomi Not So Much Like Apple After All http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/rapid-rise-xiaomi-not-so-much-apple-after-all <div class="field-deck"> Going for volume </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Xiaomi became the world's third largest maker of smart phones this year and has often been accused of copying Apple's products, promotional videos, and media event presentations. But with the China firm poised for a massive international expansion in 2015, it's come to light that Xiaomi isn't like Apple at all in some key areas. Like some other up-and-coming Chinese electronics firms, Xiaomi is thriving on a diet of razor-thin margins.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/rapid-rise-xiaomi-not-so-much-apple-after-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/rapid-rise-xiaomi-not-so-much-apple-after-all#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:10:00 +0000 125041 at http://windowsitpro.com Short Takes: December 12, 2014 http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-december-12-2014 <div class="field-deck"> An often irreverent look at this week's other news </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including the next milestone for Windows 10, Xbox One finally out-sells the PlayStation 4 but at what cost, Ford drops Microsoft from in-car tech, Microsoft supports Bitcoin for some online purchases, EU antitrust regulators move so slowly you need to speed up the film to see it, and Google News to shut down in Spain.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-december-12-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-december-12-2014#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:04:00 +0000 124951 at http://windowsitpro.com