“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 https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mmpc/2016/11/01/our-commitment-to-our-customers-security/.
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