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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Russian Hackers Are Targeting Windows

“The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming.”

Well, if you use Windows, the Russians may have already visited you.

Microsoft said that a hacker group linked to Russia as well as recent breaches of U.S. political parties and campaigns is using a previously unknown flaw in Windows software to conduct computer network intrusions.

The cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike made waves earlier this year when it attributed an attack on the Democratic National Committee to the same group—an attribution that has since been backed publicly by the U.S. intelligence community.

Google security engineers revealed the existence of the computer bug in a blog post on Monday after warning Microsoft of the finding, but before the company had issued a patch. Google said it had a responsibility “to protect users,” since the vulnerability was actively being used to compromise people’s systems.

You can read more about the attack and the fix (expected to be released next week) at

What do you do until the fix is available? Good question! I guess you could use a Macintosh or Linux or an iPad…

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

1 reply

  1. I read MS’s inadequate and self-serving response. This seems to be a Flash-Windows combination vulnerability. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    I just don’t keep Flash on my machine, rarely need to use it. It’s a minor inconvenience to install it on those occasions. I’ll uninstall it on my husband’s machine this morning.

    Advising everyone to move to Win 10 is not a helpful answer. We cannot put Win 10 on our laptops in our house or we’ll lose the software we need to do our jobs and run my sweetie’s accounting business. Many people are in this position.

    MS seems to be viewing this as a Win 10-Edge marketing opportunity and chance to collect some Google-related brown stamps. The face of corporate greed is one even a mother would find hard to love.


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