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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Microsoft's Recall Feature Sparks Cybersecurity Concerns

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Security experts are sounding the alarm over Microsoft's new AI feature, Recall, which is being described as a cybersecurity disaster.


Recall, set to launch on all new Copilot Plus PCs on 18th June, takes screenshots every five seconds and records user interactions, storing this data on the device. The aim is to create an "explorable timeline" of the PC's past, helping users recover text, images, and documents easily.


 

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However, Kevin Beaumont, an ex-Microsoft employee, has identified a significant flaw during early testing. Recall does not perform content moderation, potentially capturing sensitive information like passwords and financial data without hiding it.


Although Microsoft claims all data processing happens on-device and is never transmitted to their servers, Beaumont found that Recall stores scraped data as plain text files in the Windows AppData folder. This makes it vulnerable to hackers and malware.


This discovery comes just weeks after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emphasised prioritising security over new features. With Recall's current vulnerabilities, Microsoft will need to act swiftly to ensure user safety and uphold its promise of prioritising security.



 

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