Microsoft turns to former rival to improve internet security - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Microsoft turns to former rival to improve internet security

Posted: Updated:
SAN FRANCISCO -

Microsoft is turning to a former rival to improve the security of computing devices.
  
Microsoft President Brad Smith said Monday at the RSA security conference in San Francisco that the company will use software based on the Linux operating system, not its own Windows operating system, for new security features to protect internet-connected toys and other consumer devices.
  
Microsoft once deemed the free, open-source Linux system as a threat to its intellectual property, but has changed its approach in recent years.
  
Smith says Microsoft wants to build better security for the tiny microcontrollers increasingly used to power a variety of internet-connected household devices. He says the threat was demonstrated by a 2016 "botnet" attack that took down large chunks of the internet by hijacking routers, webcams and other connected devices.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Toronto police say 9 dead, 16 injured by van

    Toronto police say 9 dead, 16 injured by van

    Monday, April 23 2018 5:12 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:12:57 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) - A Toronto police official says nine people have been killed and 16 injured from a van that jumped onto a sidewalk and struck pedestrians in the north part of the city.

    TORONTO (AP) - A Toronto police official says nine people have been killed and 16 injured from a van that jumped onto a sidewalk and struck pedestrians in the north part of the city.

  • UK man convicted of hate crime for Nazi-salute dog video

    UK man convicted of hate crime for Nazi-salute dog video

    Monday, April 23 2018 5:10 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:10:01 GMT

    LONDON (AP) - A Scottish man who filmed a dog appearing to give Nazi salutes has been convicted of a hate crime and fined.    Mark Meechan filmed his girlfriend's pug responding to phrases such as "sieg heil" by raising its paw, and posted the footage on YouTube in 2016.    Meechan said the stunt was meant as a joke, but he was convicted last month of posting "grossly offensive" material.

    LONDON (AP) - A Scottish man who filmed a dog appearing to give Nazi salutes has been convicted of a hate crime and fined.    Mark Meechan filmed his girlfriend's pug responding to phrases such as "sieg heil" by raising its paw, and posted the footage on YouTube in 2016.    Meechan said the stunt was meant as a joke, but he was convicted last month of posting "grossly offensive" material.

  • Officials: Stolen California succulents, smuggled to Asia

    Officials: Stolen California succulents, smuggled to Asia

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:57 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:57:51 GMT
    Photo: California Department of Fish and WildlifePhoto: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - State wildlife officials say they uncovered an international plant heist involving thieves from Korea and China slipping into Northern California's wild landscapes to pluck succulents they then sell in a thriving black market in Asia.

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - State wildlife officials say they uncovered an international plant heist involving thieves from Korea and China slipping into Northern California's wild landscapes to pluck succulents they then sell in a thriving black market in Asia.

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.