The hacker collective Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the hacks and posted fake messages warning that Microsoft is spying on users' e-mail accounts.
After April 8, option to download Microsoft's free antimalware software for XP systems won't be available.
Plus: The security agency is actively researching encryption-breaking quantum computing technology.
Plus: Attackers setting sights on the newly released Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Today's ruling may lead to the U.S. Supreme Court eventually taking up the case.
Cloud providers will look to answer for data privacy issues while attackers focus on Windows XP and non-traditional connected devices.
The company finishes 2013 with a total of 106 security bulletins.
While the message sent by a coalition of online companies outlines changes needed to be made by the government, does it go far enough to address the issue?
It will also make code more transparent in hopes to ease customers of fears of hidden backdoors.
Microsoft's December patch will also arrive with 6 "important" bulletin items.
Microsoft on Thursday announced that Office 365 Message Encryption -- a service that will encrypt e-mails being sent to an outside source -- will go live early next year.
Yahoo said that all data traveling through its datacenters will be encrypted by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Microsoft's monthly Security Update arrived today with three "critical" bulletin items and five "important" fixes -- all addressing 19 flaws in a number of Microsoft products and services.
Microsoft sent word today that its monthly patch for November will contain three bulletin items rated "critical" and five "important" items.
According to Microsoft, attacks against victims in the Middle East and Asia are exploiting a zero-day flaw found in the Microsoft Graphics Component.