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Microsoft Dynamics 365 AI going hard after Salesforce

Microsoft and Salesforce are attacking each other again. Microsoft Dynamics 365 AI tools are coming that will beef up sales, marketing and — most of all — service and support, unveiled the day after Salesforce announced Quip Slides, a PowerPoint competitor.

Salesforce appears to be annexing Microsoft’s business-productivity territory, while Microsoft is rolling its forces deeper into Salesforce’s CRM domain by more tightly connecting Teams collaboration with its CRM suite, freshened up with new AI capabilities.

“You’ve got Salesforce announcing Quip Slides, and you’ve got Microsoft doing a whole bunch of integration between Teams and Dynamics … who’s going after whose market?” said Alan Lepofsky, analyst at Constellation Research.

In a media briefing ahead of its Ignite user conference, the tech giant took some direct shots at rival Salesforce in introducing Microsoft Dynamics 365 AI tools that buttress CRM processes. Of particular note was Dynamics 365 AI for Customer Service, which adds out-of-the-box virtual agents.

Assistive AI for contact centers

Who’s going after whose market?
Alan Lepofskyanalyst, Constellation Research

Virtual agents can take several forms, two of which include chatbots that do the talking on behalf of humans, or assistive bots that prompt humans with suggested answers for engaging live with customers either on voice or text channels.

New Microsoft bots, built on Azure Cognitive Services, won’t require the code-intensive development or consultant services that other vendors’ CRM tools do, claimed Alysa Taylor, Microsoft corporate vice president of business applications and global industry. She singled out Salesforce as a CRM competitor in her comments.

“Many vendors offer [virtual agents] in a way that is very cumbersome for organizations to adopt,” Taylor said. “It requires a large services engagement; Salesforce partners with IBM Watson to be able to deliver this.”

Either way, the bots will require training. Microsoft Dynamics 365 AI-powered bots can be trained by call center managers, asserted Navrina Singh, Microsoft AI principal product lead, during a demo.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s taking on Salesforce with new CRM AI tools

The bots can tap into phone log transcriptions, email and other contact center data stores to shape answers to customer problems and take some of the workload off of overburdened contact center agents, Singh said.

The virtual agent introductions were significant enough that Microsoft brought out CEO Satya Nadella for a cameo with Singh during the briefing.

“The thing that’s most exciting to me,” Nadella said, “… is that [Microsoft] can make every company out there an AI-first company. They already have customers, they already have data. If you can democratize the use of AI tools, every company can harness the power of AI.”

Other Dynamics 365 AI tools for CRM

Sales and marketing staffs get their own Dynamics 365 AI infusion, too.

Microsoft brings Dynamics 365 AI for Sales in line with Salesforce Einstein tools that use AI to prioritize lead pipelines and sales-team performance management.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 AI for Market Insights plumbs marketing, social media and other customer engagement data to improve customer relations and “engage in relevant conversations and respond faster to trends,” Taylor wrote in a blog post announcing the new system.

While the Microsoft moves appear effective, industry observers questioned whether they can Microsoft make an impression in Salesforce’s massive market footprint, even if they are easier to use, more economical and more intuitive than Salesforce’s.

Lepofsky said he isn’t sure, because of the sheer numbers. The 150,000-strong Dreamforce user conference is at the same time as Ignite, and the latter will likely draw only about a sixth of the Dreamforce crowd. And Salesforce likely won’t be resting on its AI credentials either.

“I think you can speculate that Salesforce will also be talking about AI improvements at Dreamforce, so perhaps it’s not that differentiating for Dynamics,” Lepofsky said.

While Microsoft announced no release date for its AI tools, a preview site will go online this fall, Singh said.

Researchers bring back cold boot attacks on modern computers

It’s 2008 all over again as researchers have found a way to leverage cold boot attacks against modern computers to steal sensitive data from lost or stolen devices.

Olle Segerdahl and Pasi Saarinen, security consultants for F-Secure, developed the new cold boot attack method and claim it “will work against nearly all modern computers,” including both Windows and MacOS devices.

In classic cold boot attacks, threat actors could recover data stored in RAM after a computer was improperly shut down, but modern operating systems have mitigations against this by way of overwriting RAM. Segerdahl and Saarinen found a way to disable this feature.

“It takes some extra steps compared to the classic cold boot attack, but it’s effective against all the modern laptops we’ve tested,” Segerdahl said in a written press statement. “And since this type of threat is primarily relevant in scenarios where devices are stolen or illicitly obtained, it’s the kind of thing an attacker will have plenty of time to execute.”

Segerdahl and Saarinen developed a tool that could re-write the mitigation settings in memory, which would disable memory overwriting and allow them to boot from an external device that could read the target system’s memory. The researchers said cold boot attacks like this could be used to steal sensitive data like credentials or even encryption keys held in memory.

“It’s not exactly easy to do, but it’s not a hard enough issue to find and exploit for us to ignore the probability that some attackers have already figured this out,” Segerdahl said in a statement. “It’s not exactly the kind of thing that attackers looking for easy targets will use. But it is the kind of thing that attackers looking for bigger phish, like a bank or large enterprise, will know how to use.”

The researchers said cold boot attacks like this could provide a consistent way for threat actors to steal data because it works across platform. And although the researchers have shared their findings with Microsoft, Intel and Apple, mitigations are still a work in progress.

Apple claims that Macs with the T2 chip are immune to cold boot attacks — though this only includes the iMac Pro and 2018 MacBook Pro models — and suggested users with other Mac devices set a firmware password. Microsoft updated Bitlocker guidance to help users protect sensitive information.

For Sale – Gaming PC – EVGA GTX 1080 SC – i7 3930K – P9X79 – Corsair AX1200

Alrighty folks, looking to sell my desktop gaming PC again. The main components are listed below. Will be collection or local delivery only, I travel between Dunfermline and Aviemore frequently so anywhere between, just off the A9 would be doable as well.

Individual components have been priced as I was splitting but for the time being only looking to sell complete setup. New price of £800 collected or delivered locally.

EVGA GTX 1080 SC – £400 delivered

i7 3930K & Asus P9X79 – £220 delivered

Corsair Hydro H100 – £50 delivered

16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black – £75 delivered

Corsair AX1200 – £140 delivered

Corsair 600T Case Black – £40 collected

Crucial M4 500GB SSD – £80 delivered

2TB HDD (Cant remember what type, will check when I get back from holiday)

Wifi/Bluetooth Dongles – £10 delivered each, both for £15 delivered

5 Port USB 3.0 card – £15 delivered

Windows 10 (will come with a clean install, only if selling as full system)

This PC has had very little use over the years but always performs amazing when called upon. I used it for VR with my Oculus Rift and it handles everything no problem.

Price – £950 NOW £900 £870 Now £800

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: cash, bt, ppg
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Gaming PC – EVGA GTX 1080 SC – i7 3930K – P9X79 – Corsair AX1200

Alrighty folks, looking to sell my desktop gaming PC again. The main components are listed below. Will be collection or local delivery only, I travel between Dunfermline and Aviemore frequently so anywhere between, just off the A9 would be doable as well.

Individual components have been priced as I was splitting but for the time being only looking to sell complete setup. New price of £800 collected or delivered locally.

EVGA GTX 1080 SC – £400 delivered

i7 3930K & Asus P9X79 – £220 delivered

Corsair Hydro H100 – £50 delivered

16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black – £75 delivered

Corsair AX1200 – £140 delivered

Corsair 600T Case Black – £40 collected

Crucial M4 500GB SSD – £80 delivered

2TB HDD (Cant remember what type, will check when I get back from holiday)

Wifi/Bluetooth Dongles – £10 delivered each, both for £15 delivered

5 Port USB 3.0 card – £15 delivered

Windows 10 (will come with a clean install, only if selling as full system)

This PC has had very little use over the years but always performs amazing when called upon. I used it for VR with my Oculus Rift and it handles everything no problem.

Price – £950 NOW £900 £870 Now £800

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: cash, bt, ppg
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Another mSpy leak exposed millions of sensitive user records

Mobile spyware company mSpy has once again leaked millions of customer records to the public internet.

The company develops mobile spyware that customers use to monitor the mobile device activity of their children, partners and others. Security researcher Nitish Shah discovered the mSpy leak via a public-facing database and reached out to cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs, who first reported the leak.

Krebs looked into the mSpy leak and said no authentication was required to access the database. The customer data included passwords, call logs, text messages, contacts, notes and location data — all of which was compiled by the mSpy spyware — and there were millions of records. Additionally, there were records containing the username, password and private encryption key of every mSpy customer who was active in the last six months. The database also included the Apple iCloud usernames and authentication tokens of the Apple devices running mSpy.

According to Krebs, anyone who accessed the database would be able to see WhatsApp and Facebook messages that were also compiled by mSpy.

Krebs also noted that the transaction details of all mSpy licenses purchased within the last six months were exposed, and that included customer names, email addresses and mailing addresses. Additionally, there was browser and internet address information from users visiting the mSpy website.

The exposed database was taken offline this week. But Shah told Krebs the company’s support people ignored him when he tried to alert them of the mSpy leak and asked to be directed to their head of technology or security. After Shah contacted Krebs, Krebs reached out to mSpy as well, with only slightly better results. The chief security officer of mSpy said the company was aware of the issue and was working on it.

In response to Krebs’ article, mSpy issued a statement in which it acknowledged there was an incident, but denied that millions of records had been exposed.

This isn’t the first mSpy leak in recent years. In 2015, Krebs also reported a data leak after mSpy was hacked and customer data was posted on the dark web. In that breach, the information of over 400,000 was estimated to be exposed, and mSpy “initially denied suffering a breach for more than week,” according to Krebs, despite customers confirming their data was part of the exposed cache.

In other news:

  • The FIDO Alliance has launched a certification program for biometrics. “Biometric user verification has become a popular way to replace passwords and PINs, but the lack of an industry-defined program to validate performance claims has led to concerns over variances in the accuracy and reliability of these solutions,” the FIDO Alliance said. The certification, called the Biometric Component Certification Program, is designed for both users and providers. For enterprises, FIDO said, “it provides a standardized way to trust that the biometric systems they are relying upon for fingerprint, iris, face and/or voice recognition can reliably identify users and detect presentation attacks.”
  • More than 7,500 MikroTik routers were infected with malware, according to researchers from Qihoo 360 Netlab. The malware logs and transmits network traffic information to servers under the hackers’ control. The researchers found the routers were infected by the malware through an exploit of a vulnerability disclosed in the Vault7 leaks of alleged CIA hacking tools. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2018-14847, was patched in April. The researchers noticed the malicious activity on their honeypot systems in July specifically aimed at MikroTik routers. The largest number of routers affected by CVE-2018-14847 exploits were in Russia, as well as Iran, Brazil, India and Ukraine.
  • Hackers have compromised the MEGA Chrome extension — which is used for secure cloud storage — to steal login credentials and cryptocurrency keys, according to researchers. First discovered by an anonymous researcher called SerHack, the malicious version of the browser extension monitors for usernames and passwords in login forms on Amazon, Microsoft, GitHub and Google, and then it sends the credentials to a host in Ukraine. It also scanned for URLs relating to cryptocurrency sites, and then it would try to steal that login data, as well. The malicious version of the MEGA Chrome extension was put in place at some point after Sept. 2, and Google has already taken it down. There’s no evidence the Firefox version of MEGA has been compromised. Chrome users of the MEGA extension should remove it immediately and change all account passwords.

For Sale – Gaming PC – EVGA GTX 1080 SC – i7 3930K – P9X79 – Corsair AX1200

Alrighty folks, looking to sell my desktop gaming PC again. The main components are listed below. Will be collection or local delivery only, I travel between Dunfermline and Aviemore frequently so anywhere between, just off the A9 would be doable as well.

Individual components have been priced as I was splitting but for the time being only looking to sell complete setup. New price of £800 collected or delivered locally.

EVGA GTX 1080 SC – £400 delivered

i7 3930K & Asus P9X79 – £220 delivered

Corsair Hydro H100 – £50 delivered

16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black – £75 delivered

Corsair AX1200 – £140 delivered

Corsair 600T Case Black – £40 collected

Crucial M4 500GB SSD – £80 delivered

2TB HDD (Cant remember what type, will check when I get back from holiday)

Wifi/Bluetooth Dongles – £10 delivered each, both for £15 delivered

5 Port USB 3.0 card – £15 delivered

Windows 10 (will come with a clean install, only if selling as full system)

This PC has had very little use over the years but always performs amazing when called upon. I used it for VR with my Oculus Rift and it handles everything no problem.

Price – £950 NOW £900 £870 Now £800

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: cash, bt, ppg
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Name and address including postcode
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For Sale – Gaming PC – EVGA GTX 1080 SC – i7 3930K – P9X79 – Corsair AX1200

Alrighty folks, looking to sell my desktop gaming PC again. The main components are listed below. Will be collection or local delivery only, I travel between Dunfermline and Aviemore frequently so anywhere between, just off the A9 would be doable as well.

Individual components have been priced as I was splitting but for the time being only looking to sell complete setup. New price of £800 collected or delivered locally.

EVGA GTX 1080 SC – £400 delivered

i7 3930K & Asus P9X79 – £220 delivered

Corsair Hydro H100 – £50 delivered

16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black – £75 delivered

Corsair AX1200 – £140 delivered

Corsair 600T Case Black – £40 collected

Crucial M4 500GB SSD – £80 delivered

2TB HDD (Cant remember what type, will check when I get back from holiday)

Wifi/Bluetooth Dongles – £10 delivered each, both for £15 delivered

5 Port USB 3.0 card – £15 delivered

Windows 10 (will come with a clean install, only if selling as full system)

This PC has had very little use over the years but always performs amazing when called upon. I used it for VR with my Oculus Rift and it handles everything no problem.

Price – £950 NOW £900 £870 Now £800

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: cash, bt, ppg
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook Laptop

Having to advertise this again after previous sales was cancelled due to mutual agreement. Price is the same as agreed with previous buyer – £410 including next day delivery.

My wife has asked to sell her laptop. We are expecting the birth of our 2nd child next month so she wants some extra cash to buy furniture for the new arrival etc. She wants £420 (reduced from £470) for it so I could persuade her to include delivery.
The laptop is a Lenovo T460s Business Ultrabook laptop. It still has Lenovo warranty which is on-site repair till 5th December 2019 (1.5 years). Spec is below:

Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (2.30GHz)
8.0GB RAM
1x192GB SSD SATA III
Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
14.0in 1920×1080
Intel HD Graphics 520
720p HD Camera
Card Reader
Fingerprint Reader
TrackPoint with TouchPad
Ethernet
Intel Wireless-AC 8260(2×2 AC) with BT4.1
3 Cell Lithium-Ion
Original Lenovo Charger.

Lenovo Warranty will be transferred to new owner upon receiving payment.

Condition wise I would say is very close to Brand New. She’s only been using it for like surfing the internet and occasional Youtube videos hence why it’s so clean.

Thanks for looking.

Some pics below

Price and currency: 410
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT / PPG
Location: High Wycombe
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Splitting Gaming PC – EVGA GTX 1080 SC – i7 3930K – P9X79 – Corsair AX1200

Alrighty folks, looking to sell my desktop gaming PC again. The main components are listed below. Will be collection or local delivery only, I travel between Dunfermline and Aviemore frequently so anywhere between, just off the A9 would be doable as well.

EVGA GTX 1080 SC – £400 delivered

i7 3930K & Asus P9X79 – £220 delivered

Corsair Hydro H100 – £50 delivered

16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black – £75 delivered

Corsair AX1200 – £140 delivered

Corsair 600T Case Black – £40 collected

Crucial M4 500GB SSD – £80 delivered

2TB HDD (Cant remember what type, will check when I get back from holiday)

Wifi/Bluetooth Dongles – £10 delivered each, both for £15 delivered

5 Port USB 3.0 card – £15 delivered

Windows 10 (will come with a clean install, only if selling as full system)

This PC has had very little use over the years but always performs amazing when called upon. I used it for VR with my Oculus Rift and it handles everything no problem.

Price – £950 NOW £900 £870

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: cash, bt, ppg
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Name and address including postcode
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For Sale – Lots of bits and pieces (Clearout) + Poweredge 2950

Hello All,

It’s clearout time again, lots of odds and sods I’m looking to shift. Payment by Paypal or collection in the Southampton/Portsmouth area is welcome. All prices do not include delivery.

First up is a pair of monitors.

HP L1906 – 1280×1024, works fine but theres a fairly large scratch in the top right corner (ref photos for more info). £5.
Hansol H750 – 1280×1024, has a line of red pixels down the centre. Free to a good home, it’ll do the job for managing a server.

Primochill 240mm CTR D5 Reservoir. Needed a shorter tube for my reservoir however you can’t buy the tubes seperately in the UK so I had to buy a whole new res just for the tube. Therfore whilst the tube is a few years old the rings and caps are brand new and never used. Will come with accessories. £45.

2x2GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 with cooler. These are 1600Mhz C9, going by Ebay prices these are still worth £25 so I’ll start there but feel free to make offers. £25.

6 Corsair drive sledges. These came out of an 800D, one has a broken tab but the other 5 are fine. £5 for the lot.

8 Hot Swap caddy’s for DataDirect servers. May fit other servers I’m not sure. £2 each.

Corsair 800D front panel connectors. Free to a good home if someone has a use for it. I have a brand new front case facia from Corsair as well if anyone is in need of that.

4x140mm and 1x120mm rubber mounts. These are really good I just don’t have a need for them anymore. £10 for the lot.

6x Enermax Apolish blue 120mm fans. These are really nice fans asthetically and very quiet. I have 6 of them that need a good clean but otherwise work perfectly. £18 for the lot.

4x140mm and 2x120mm Corsair fans. These are just stock case fans. £10 for the lot.

120mm Corsair from a H series cooler. £4.

Stock Coolermaster 140mm fan. £1.

1x140mm and 3x120mm Cubitek LED fans. Not sure what colour these are. £7.50 for the lot.

Lamptron black/orange LED anti vandal switch with wiring. Bought for a modding project but never used. £10.

Couple of old hard drives. Will be scanned to ensure they are working fine prior to payment. £5 each.

Hipoint card reader. Used in my old build, worked perfectly and a cracking little card reader but no use to me now. £1.

8 pin to 8+4pin, 3 pin extension and a couple of IDE cables. Free to a good home if anyone needs any.

Universal backplate. Pretty sure this is for Intel, not sure on sockets though. Free to a good home.

PCI-E blanking plates. Some from a few Corsair cases and some from a Fractal case. £0.50 each.

Dell Poweredge 2950. My old home server, specs are as follows:

2x Intel Xeon X5355 2.66Ghz Quad Core CPU’s.

16GB DDR2 800Mhz ECC.

Perc 6i RAID card.

6×3.5″ drive backplane.

4x 72GB 10K RPM SAS drives.

Both PSU’s working.

Originally had a Perc 5i, DAT72 tape drive, SCSI card and 4×3.5″ backplane that I will throw in with it.

Looking for £90 for it all, collection only unless you want to sort a pallet for it.

Bubm organiser case. Was bought for me to be used as a cable organiser but I didn’t find much use for it. £5.

Oneplus 3/3T screen protector. Came as two, used one then my phone was stolen so no need for this now. £1.

Pictures: PC Clearout

If I find any more stuff I’ll add it as I go. If you need any more information drop a comment or message me and I’ll do my best to get back to you. As said before postage is not included but of course will be combined for multiple items.

Cheers.

Price and currency: Various £
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PayPal/BT
Location: Fareham
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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