Microsoft’s new security feature prevents spam attacks: all the details


Microsoft, the tech giant, has rolled out a new feature in its multi-factor authentication (MFA) application, Microsoft Authenticator, to prevent spam attacks.

According to a ZDNet report, Microsoft deployed “number matching” in push notifications, which will help prevent MFA attacks that rely on push notification spam.

When “number matching” is enabled, the Authenticator app prompts the user to enter the number displayed on the login screen rather than just selecting “approve; when approving an MFA request. This will be a useful feature for administrators whose users were unprepared for the MFA attack.

This feature is available to administrators at this time, but the company wants to make “number matching” the default for all Authenticator users in February 2023.

To prevent unintended approvals, administrators can also configure Authenticator to use application context and location context. Once the new feature becomes the default for the Authenticator app, admin deployment commands will be removed.

Earlier this year, researchers uncovered so-called “MFA fatigue attacks” targeting Office 365 users. a victim using a password that has already been compromised.

Meanwhile, with its futuristic HoloLens headset, Microsoft Corp. took an early lead in the race metaverse. Seven years later, its big push into augmented reality, which blends virtual imagery with real-world views, has come up against the limits of technology and the patience of company management.

The device, a ring-shaped computer worn like a crown that displays digital information on attached glasses, did not become a hit. Microsoft shelved a planned new release and struggled to meet the technical requirements of its biggest buyer, the US military.

More than 100 employees have left the HoloLens team in the past two years, including its longtime leader, according to former employees and LinkedIn profiles. Microsoft has restructured the group that developed the headsets, which has more than 1,000, and slashed its budget, part of a company-wide effort to cut spending and the size of its workforce as as earnings growth slows.

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