Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT) Prevented a DDoS Attack, Commissions a Human Rights Review, And Hires Charlie Bell

Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT) said that it managed to prevent a 2.4 Tbps Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack that targeted an Azure client in Europe.

The attack was 140% higher than the attack bandwidth volume the company recorded in 2020. Also, this exceeds the peak traffic volume of 2.3Tbps that was directed at AWS in 2020, though it was smaller than the 2.54Tbps that Google mitigated in 2017.

Microsoft reviewing human rights issues on its contracts 

In recent times Microsoft has been facing pressure from shareholders and employees over contracts with law enforcement and government agencies. As a result, the company is commissioning an independent human rights review for some of these deals. After following a shareholder proposal filing, the decision asked the firm to evaluate how it sticks to human rights-related policies.

Ex-Amazon cloud computing executive Charlie Bell has started his new role at Microsoft on cybersecurity issues following the resolution of a dispute about his job limits. Microsoft spokesperson said that after constructive discussions Bell started his role on October 11, 2020, focusing on advancing cybersecurity abilities that will benefit the tech industry and the wider economy.

On Tuesdays for the rest of the year, the Verge’s The Vergecast podcast will feature new episodes starting with reviews on hardware and software endeavors from Microsoft.

Cisco borrowing a leaf from Microsoft to turn things around 

Cisco Systems Inc. wants to follow Microsoft’s path to move forwards. Two decades ago, the company was among the valuable companies, but it failed to leverage basic shifts in computing following the dot com crash. Its value is half its peak, but it is hardly a failure because it still turns annual profits.

Microsoft was equally stumbling but then also gained dominance, and analysts consider it a role model for Cisco. Its decline started at the same time as Cisco’s, but things started to change in 2014 after Satya Nadella took over as CEO.

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Published by Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala. You may contact Brendan via his email ( or his Google+ page (

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