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Part two: Infection and lateral movement of Ransomware attack

This is a follow-up of my series on Ransomware (Part One: Analyzing the Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack – msandbu.org) the reason why I released this follow-up is that lately we have seen a large increase in Ransomware attacks. The reason behind this is that because lately there have been many critical vulnerabilities related to …

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Microsoft debuts Copilot Pro

Copilot Pro debuts today, offering a premium subscription at $20 per month. This service includes AI-enhanced functionalities within Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Additionally, subscribers gain priority access to the newest OpenAI models and the capability to create their personalized Copilot GPT. Similar to what ChatGPT has with ChatGPT Plus. Apart from …

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Delegate role assignment management with conditions in Microsoft Azure

The Owner and User Access Administrator roles let you set up who can do what in your subscription. Basically, if you’re in one of these roles, you can decide who gets to change, see, or delete stuff. Want to hand over these powers to someone else? Just make them an Owner or User Access Administrator. …

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Private AI and private LLMs

With the release of ChatGPT it gave the regular end-user access to generative AI at their fingertips, which then started a domino effect on the development of new generative AI services in the market. All cloud providers are doubling down their development and efforts on building Generative AI capabilities. Microsoft focused on Copilot offerings, Google …

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How do the different Copilot services from Microsoft actually work?

This year has been a fun year for product marketing now with Generative AI on the loose and everyone working on embedding and building new services using Generative AI. One of those vendors that has embraced this to the full extent is Microsoft with all their “Copilots“. When reading the documentation and marketing slides it …

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How to set up Copilot Studio with OpenAI and integration with Sharepoint online

One of the new services that was released last week during Microsoft Ignite was Copilot Studio. Studio is a “rebranding” of Power App Virtual Agent. It is a low-code platform designed for tailoring Copilot for Microsoft 365 and creating independent copilots. This platform integrates various advanced conversational features, including specialized GPT models, generative AI add-ons, …

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Authenticating to an Azure Files Share with Entra ID and Rest API

Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced support for Entra ID authentication to an Azure file share using the REST API. So why should we care about using Entra ID support for an Azure File share? well, the combination is that now we have a multi-protocol file service. This means that regular users can access the file …

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The curious case of Defender for Cloud Apps, Azure blob storage, and Web Browsers

Earlier today I was troubleshooting something for a customer where some end-users were getting issues when trying to connect to an Azure blob storage using the Azure web portal. This also recently stopped working and impacted some of the users. This was the error message that they were getting when trying to connect. “Unable to …

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