Microsoft resorts to Linux to improve Internet security

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Microsoft will use software based on the Linux operating system, and not on the Windows system itself, to create new security features that protect toys with Internet connection and other devices, said the president of the company this Monday, Brad Smith at RSA Security conference in San Francisco.

At some point, Microsoft described Linux’s free and open access system as a threat to its intellectual property, but it has changed its stance in recent years.

Smith said that Microsoft wants to have better security in small microcontrols that are increasingly used to feed a wide range of household items with Internet connection. He said that the threat was demonstrated with the “botnet” attack of 2016, which affected large portions of the Internet, appropriating of routers, webcams and other devices with Web connection.