Indians almost 5X more likely to be cryptojacked

A cryptocurrency mining attack, commonly called cryptojacking, is an attack … else’s computer to use its computing power to mine cryptocurrencies.

Cryptojackers are more active in India than other countries, according to Microsoft’s newly released Security Endpoint Threat Report 2019.

The report states that web users in India encounter crypto mining malware attacks at a rate 4.6 times higher than the regional and global average. India experiences the second-largest number of cryptocurrency mining attacks in the Asia Pacific region, lagging only behind Sri Lanka, Cointelegraph reports.

A cryptocurrency mining attack, commonly called cryptojacking, is an attack where hackers secretly install cryptocurrency mining malware on someone else’s computer to use its computing power to mine cryptocurrencies.

Attackers’ sentiments are pegged to crypto prices

Cryptojacking fell 40% after cryptocurrency prices plummeted in 2018, says the Microsoft report.

At present, it notes, only 50 out of every 100,000 systems, or 0.05%, have ever encountered a cryptocurrency mining attack.

“As the value of cryptocurrency rises and falls, so does the mining encounter rate,” reads the report.

On the same note, Keshav Dhakad, group head and assistant general counsel-corporate, external and legal affairs, Microsoft India, said: “While recent fluctuations in cryptocurrency value and the increased time required to generate cryptocurrency have resulted in attackers refocusing their efforts, they continue to exploit markets with low cyber awareness.”

Cryptojacking is here to stay

Although there’s a downtrend in cryptojacking attempts, such attacks are still quite common. Cointelegraph recently reported a rise in cryptojacking across Mexico targeting users of cloud networks. Another attack in May by the Blue Mockingbird malware gang installed Monero mining malware in more than 1,000 enterprise systems.

In November last year, it was reported that almost 80,000 computers were infected by a cryptojacking malware named “Dexphot.”

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Microsoft Gold Data Analytics Competency achieved by Unify Dots

The Microsoft Gold Partner status highlights Unify Dots’ high quality of services in Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and Big Data by …
Unify Dots achieves Microsoft Dynamics Gold status in Data Analytics competency

Unify Dots achieves Microsoft Dynamics Gold status in Data Analytics competency

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Top Microsoft Power BI Partner Unify Dots earns highest distinction for cloud data analytics with Microsoft Gold Partner Status

We are thankful for this recognition by Microsoft. The Gold Certification status brings home our focus to delivering a high quality of Data Analytics services and solutions to our clients””

— Sandeep Walia, CEO and President

SEATTLE, WA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, July 20, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Microsoft Gold Certified Partner – UNIFY Dots – a global Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform system integrator with presence in Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe has attained Microsoft Gold Data Analytics Competency. The Microsoft Gold Partner status highlights Unify Dots’ high quality of services in Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and Big Data by leveraging key Microsoft analytics tools like PowerBI, SQL Data Warehouse and Microsoft Azure products such as Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Data Factory, etc.

UNIFY Dots provides Business Intelligence, Data Analytics and Reporting solutions to customers to drive informed decision-making at an executive and operational level by executives and middle-managers. The BI and reporting solutions are based on Azure Data warehouse for Big Data management and Microsoft Power BI for visualization.

The Data Analytics Gold Certification recognition, is on top of the Microsoft Gold Competency in ERP software that UNIFY Dots attained in 2019. The two Gold Certified competencies bring home the Microsoft Certified Partner’s deep expertise and commitment in providing powerful cloud solutions that convert Big complex data into intelligent information.

UNIFY Dots provides business solutions for ERP Software, CRM Software, Business Intelligence, Data Analytics, Field Service, Human Resources E-commerce Software to business customers and public sector organizations. Unify Dots provides software solutions to Consumer Goods Manufacturers and CPG Distributors, Retailers, Insurers, Professional Service Providers, Real Estate Companies and Telecom Providers.

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UNIFY Dots is a Seattle-Headquartered company specializing in Business Analytics, CRM, Chatbots, ERP, HR, Field Service, Loyalty and Customer Engagement solutions for organizations with presence in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. UNIFY Dots helps businesses improve employee productivity while improving Stakeholder Engagement. UNIFY Dots is also committed to improving the world and has pledged donating at least 25% of its profit towards the case of helping educate children from low-income families across the world and especially in developing countries. For more information email at info@unifydots.com or visit the website at https://unifydots.com

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Microsoft Partners With Waves Enterprise

The new service will also include other features such as automatic smart contract audit, analysis of network transactions for anomalies, and token flow …
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On July 16, Waves Enterprise, one of the leading international blockchain platforms, announced its partnership with Microsoft. The two companies will collaborate on developing corporate blockchain solutions and cloud technologies in Russia, and work towards the development of a new supply chain for the tokenization of industrial assets.

According to the statement, Waves Enterprise will be added to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, making its products available to a wide range of companies worldwide. The Waves platform will also be included in the Microsoft Azure Stack Hub, enabling businesses to deploy their Waves’ corporate blockchain node in a company’s own infrastructure within the Azure Stack environment.

“Waves Enterprise is one of the leadinginternational blockchain platforms, which substantially contributes to thedevelopment of an ecosystem for decentralized solutions globally,” saidChristina Tikhonova, president of Microsoft Russia.

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She then went on to express her enthusiasm for the joint initiative by adding:

“For Microsoft, it is vital to support developers of innovative solutions and foster wide availability of contemporary tech tools for the development of Russian business. We are confident that our partnership will facilitate the full realization of blockchain technology in the corporate sector in Russia and also, globally.”

The two companies also announced plans to jointly develop a cloud-based service on Azure analytical tools that will collect structured data in the form of analytical reports and data graphs of business processes from the blockchain. The new service will also include other features such as automatic smart contract audit, analysis of network transactions for anomalies, and token flow visualization.

The integration of Waves Enterprise with Microsoft Azure cloud technologies will allow for a new solutions-based application model for blockchain to be released on the platform. The so-called BaaS (Blockchain-as-a-Service) will be applied in supply chain optimization, data notary, and tokenization of industrial assets, and will be available along with the other financial services provided by Azure.

The agreement will last five years, during which both companies will work together on the adoption of the best international practices and the creation of new service models for corporate solutions based on blockchain technology. They will join hands in bringing industrial blockchain innovation in Russia, while also contributing to the development of global cloud-computing blockchain technology.

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The Org nabs $8.5M led by Founders Fund to build a global database of company org charts

… making it hard for employees and recruiters to understand organizational structures,” said Roelof Botha, partner at Sequoia Capital, in a statement.

LinkedIn has cornered the market when it comes to putting your own professional profile online and using it to network for jobs, industry connections and professional development. But when it comes to looking at a chart of the people, and specifically the leadership teams, who make up organizations more holistically, the Microsoft-owned network comes up a little short: you can search by company names, but chances are that you get a list of people based on their connectivity to you, and otherwise in no particular order (including people who may no longer even be at the company). And pointedly, there is little in the way of verification to prove that someone who claims to be working for a company really is.

Now, a startup called The Org is hoping to take on LinkedIn and address that gap with an ambitious idea: to build a database (currently free to use) of organizational charts for every leading company, and potentially any company in the world, and then add on features after that, such as job advertising, for example organizations looking to hire people where there are obvious gaps in their org charts.

With 16,000 companies profiled so far on its platform, a total of 50,000 companies in its database and around 100,000 visitors per month, The Org is announcing $11 million in funding: a Series A of $8.5 million, and a previously unannounced seed round of $2.5 million.

Led by Founders Fund, the Series A also includes participation from Sequoia and Balderton, along with a number of angels. Sequoia is actually a repeat investor: it also led The Org’s $2.5 million seed round, which also had Founders Fund, Kevin Hartz, Elad Gil, Ryan Petersen, and SV Angel in it. Keith Rabois, who is now a partner at Founders Fund but once held the role of VP of business and corporate development at LinkedIn, is also joining the startup’s board of directors.

Co-headquartered in New York and Copenhagen, Denmark, The Org was co-founded by Christian Wylonis (CEO) and Andreas Jarbøl, partly inspired by a piece in online tech publication The Information, which provided an org chart for the top people at Airbnb (currently numbering 90 entries).

“This article went crazy viral,” Wylonis said in an interview. “I would understand why someone would be interested in this outside of Airbnb, but it turned out that people inside the company were fascinated by it, too. I started to think, when you take something like an org chart and made it publicly facing, I think it just becomes interesting.”

So The Org set out to build a bigger business based on the concept.

For now, The Org is aimed at two distinct markets: those outside the company who might most typically be interested in who is working where and doing what — for example, recruiters, those in human resources departments who are using the data to model their own organizational charts, or salespeople; and those inside the company (or again, outside) who are simply interested in seeing who does what.

The Org is aiming to have 100,000 org charts on its platform by the end of the year, with the longer-term goal being to cover 1 million. For now, the focus is on adding companies in the US before expanding to other markets.

But while the idea of building org charts for many companies sounds easy enough, there is also a reason why it hasn’t been done yet: it’s not nearly as simple as it looks. That is one reason why even trying to surmount this issue is of interest to top VCs — particularly those who have worked in startups and fast-growing tech companies themselves.

“Today, information about teams is unstructured, scattered, and unverified, making it hard for employees and recruiters to understand organizational structures,” said Roelof Botha, partner at Sequoia Capital, in a statement.

“Organizational charts were the secret weapon to forging partnerships during my 20 years as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and Europe. Yet, they are a carefully guarded secret, which have to be painstakingly put together by hand,” said Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, general partner at Balderton Capital, in a statement. “The Org is surfacing this critical information, improving efficiency from the sales floor to the boardroom.”

“Up-to-date org charts can be useful for everything from recruiting to sales, but they are difficult and time consuming to piece together,” added Rabois in a statement. “The Org is making this valuable information easily accessible in a way we were never able to do at LinkedIn.”

The approach that The Org is taking to building these profiles so far has been a collaborative one. While The Org itself might establish some company names and seed and update them with information from publicly available sources, that approach leaves a lot of gaps.

This is where a crowdsourced, wiki-style approach comes in. As with other company-based networking services such as Slack, users from a particular company can use their work email addresses to sign into that organization’s profile, and from there they can add or modify entries as you might enter data in a wiki — the idea being that multiple people getting involved in the edits helps keep the company’s org chart more accurate.

While The Org’s idea holds a lot of promise and seems to fill a hole that other companies like LinkedIn — or, from another direction, Glassdoor — do not address in their own profiling of companies, I can see some challenges, too, that it might encounter as it grows.

Platforms that provide insights into a company landscape, such as LinkedIn or Glassdoor, are ultimately banked more around individuals and their own representations. That means that by their nature these platforms may not ever provide complete pictures of businesses themselves, just slices of it. The Org, on the other hand, starts from the point of view of presenting the company itself, which means that the resulting gaps that arise might be more apparent if they never get filled in, making The Org potentially less useful as a tool.

Similarly, if these charts are truly often closely guarded by companies (something I don’t doubt is true, since they could pose poaching risks, or copycats in the form of companies attempting to build org structures based on what their more successful competitors are doing), I could see how some companies might start to approach The Org with requests to remove their profiles and corresponding charts.

Wylonis said that “99%” of companies so far have been okay with what The Org is building. “The way that we see it is that transparency is of interest to the people who work there,” he said. “I think that everyone should strive for that. Why block it? The world is changing and if the only way to keep your talent is by hiding your org chart you have other problems at your company.”

He added that so far The Org has not had any official requests, “but we have had informal enquiries about how we get our information. And some companies email us about changes. And when an individual person gets in touch and says, ‘I don’t want to be here,’ we delete that. But it’s only happened a handful of times.” It’s not clear whether that proportion stays the same, or goes up or down, as The Org grows.

In the meantime, the other big question that The Org will grapple with is just how granular should it go?

“I hope that one day we can have an updated and complete org chart for every business, but that might prove difficult,” Wylonis said. Indeed, that could mean mapping out 1 million people at Walmart, for example. “For the biggest companies, it may be that it works to map out the top 500, with the top 30-40 for smaller companies. And people can always go in and make corrections to expand those if they want.”

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Microsoft Is Setting Up A New Center For Societal Impact Through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft Research India has announced the launch of a center for Societal impact through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (SCAI). SCAI is part of the …
  • Microsoft Research India recently announced it is launching a center for Societal impact through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (SCAI)

Microsoft Research India has announced the launch of a center for Societal impact through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (SCAI). SCAI is part of the Microsoft Research (MSR) Lab in Bengaluru and the center is going to focus on creating and nurturing projects that can have real-world and large-scale societal impact, according to Mint. Through the SCAI, MSR India is going to collaborate with a number of partners, such as academia, startups, and NGOs.

“I am excited about the creation of the center for Societal Impact through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence and I am looking forward to the efforts and collaborations ahead. There are so many opportunities to leverage recent advances in cloud computing and AI technologies to address long-term societal challenges spanning multiple sectors and realms, including health and wellness, education, transportation, and agriculture,” said Microsoft Research technical fellow and director Eric Horvitz in a blog post.

SCAI is going to engage with NGOs, academicians, and startups through external collaborations. And the program will connect with graduate and undergraduate students through the SCAI Fellow program as it actively seeks collaborators through calls for proposals. SCAI collaborators are going to be provided with financial grants, access to Microsoft researchers and technologies as well as access to business insights from Microsoft for Startups. Plus MSR India’s physical space will enable members to exchange ideas and create a collaborative ecosystem.

Microsoft is currently working with four organizations, which were selected through a highly competitive RFP process. These organizations include Respirer Living Sciences (project focusing on urban air pollution), NIMHANS (project on mental health), Pratham Books (assisted translation system enabling children to read storybooks in multiple languages), and Voicedeck Technologies for Learn2Earn (a program which reinforces education and rewards learning through financial incentives).

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“At MSR India, we have been conducting research in the ICTD space since our inception. We see SCAI as a natural evolution of this, and we will partner with like-minded collaborators to apply technology to solve some of the most pressing problems in today’s world. I am looking forward to truly impactful projects emerging from SCAI,” added Microsoft Research India managing director Sriram Rajamani.

Along with its partnership with Microsoft for Startups, SCAI is also working with Navana Tech to focus on building text-free and voice-assisted technology. And the organizations are also partnering with Three Wheels United, which enables scalable lending to clients in emerging markets through technology. In the past, MSR India also created projects like 99 DOTS and Digital Green — which are now independent entities that are addressing different societal issues.

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