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Bing Source Code Leak, Amazon Apps on Windows 11

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This week we examine whether Apple could be forced by the EU to allow pageloading and what the Bing source code really means.

We also explore installing the Amazon app on Windows 11, the best tracks to test your headphones, and look at the best smartphone cameras of 2022.

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Microsoft has been the target of an attack by hacker group Lapsus$, with 37GB worth of internal files now appearing online. According to the hackers, the leak originated from an Azure DevOps server that the hackers managed to get into, and contains source code for several Microsoft products, including Bing and Cortana.

The hacker group first published a screenshot of the files on Sunday, then shared a 7-Zip archive containing all the files on Monday.

The compressed file size is only 9 GB, but according to hackers, it adds up to 37 GB of source code after unpacking for more than 250 Microsoft projects. Most of the projects are for web-based and mobile apps, so if you’re hoping to see something Windows-related here, you’re out of luck.

The leak is believed to include 90% of the source code for Microsoft’s Bing Maps and 45% of the source code for Bing and Cortana, and according to security researchers speaking to BleepingComputer, the files look like legitimate Microsoft internal code. Appearance. Additionally, emails and documents from Microsoft engineers used to publish the mobile application are apparently involved in the leak.

Lapsus$ has gained a bit of a reputation for hacking various companies in recent months. Among the victims, Samsung has the source code for the stolen Galaxy phones.

NVIDIA, Ubisoft and others are also included, so those are some of the very big names that this group targets. On his Telegram group, the hackers have a message looking for company insiders, suggesting how to get into secure files of some of the world’s biggest companies. It’s also possible that they’re leveraging Okta, an identity management platform that Lapsus$ claims to have hacked.

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