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July 8, 2024, 2:22 p.m.
Microsoft tells China employees to only use iPhones and ditch Android
Microsoft tells China employees to only use iPhones and ditch Android
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Microsoft employees based in China are reportedly being required to ditch Androids for iPhones as part of the company’s cybersecurity measures.Read more...

Microsoft tells China employees to only use iPhones and ditch Android

Microsoft employees based in China are reportedly being required to ditch Androids for iPhones as part of the company's cybersecurity measures. The requirement is to ensure hundreds of China-based staff use the Microsoft Authenticator password manager and Identity Pass app, Bloomberg reports. Microsoft reportedly said it will block Android devices from accessing its corporate platform because Google's mobile services are not available in China. "Microsoft Authenticator and Identity Pass apps are officially available on the Apple and Google Play stores," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement shared with Quartz. Charlie Bell, executive vice president of security at Microsoft, said in April that the company is "Ground zero" for foreign state-sponsored hackers. In June, Microsoft president Brad Smith told U.S. lawmakers the company "Accepts responsibility for each and every one" of its cybersecurity failures cited in a overnment-backed report. In April, the U.S. Cyber Safety Review Board found that Chinese hackers known as Storm-558 compromised the Microsoft Exchange Online emails of 22 organizations and more than 500 people around the world, including senior U.S. government officials working on national security.

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