SEC Filing Indicates Yahoo Was Aware of Massive Data Breach in 2014

Today's topics include the new Security and Exchange Commission's filing that suggests that Yahoo may have known about the massive data breach two years before the company disclosed it, Microsoft's addition of new languages to Windows 10 Sticky Notes, Google's new Safe Browsing standards that will flag websites that frequently violate them and Microsoft's plans to release its Azure Container Registry Preview on Nov. 16.

Yahoo first publicly confirmed on Sept. 22 that it was the victim of a massive data breach in 2014 that impacted over 500 million users. In a new SEC 10-Q filing, Yahoo reported that, in fact, it was possible that it was known within Yahoo in 2014 that the company had been hacked.

Yahoo's 10-Q also reveals new details on the initial financial impact of the breach. The filing reports that Yahoo recorded expenses of $1 million related to the breach in the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

That said, Yahoo's expenses related to the breach may yet rise as the filing also notes that to date, 23 consumer class action lawsuits have been filed against Yahoo in U.S. federal and state courts.

Sticky Notes, a Windows Ink Workspace app, is bringing its Cortana-powered capabilities to more users across more parts of the globe. The latest Windows 10 preview build contains an update to the stylus-friendly app (it also supports keyboard input) that enables Insights to work with additional languages and in more regions of the world.

Powered by Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant technology, Insights scans the content of a sticky note and highlights dates, addresses, flight numbers and other items that Cortana can keep track of.

Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider early-access program, said that Microsoft's developers have enabled address recognition for Great Britain and Spanish speakers in the U.S. Phone number recognition is now available in all regions where English, German, Spanish, French and Italian is spoken.

Starting this week, websites that keep violating Google's Safe Browsing standard will be slapped with a "Repeat Offender" tag. Google's Chrome browser and other popular browsers will display a notice to users who visit such sites warning them about the potential for their computers to become infected with unwanted software, malware, phishing and other security threats.

The warning will remain in place for a minimum of one month and will only be removed after that period if Google determines the site no longer poses a security threat to users.

The owner of a website classified as a Repeat Offender will not have an opportunity to get Google to reconsider the labeling for one full month, even if all identified security issues have been addressed before then.

This week, Microsoft shared more details on its upcoming Azure Container Registry service. On Nov. 16, Microsoft will release a preview of ACR, which will serve as a private registry that customers can use to host and manage Docker-formatted container images.

"Azure Container Registry integrates well with orchestrators hosted in Azure Container Service, including Docker Swarm, DC/OS and Kubernetes," assured Microsoft in a Nov. 7 announcement on its website."

ACR enables customers to manage images involving any type of container deployment, Microsoft said. It supports both Windows and Linux container images in same registry, along with open source command-line tools.