One Million computers still at risk of malware attack, warns Microsoft

New Delhi, Agencies | Updated : 02 June 2019, 03:54 PM
Microsoft (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Microsoft (Photo Credit: Twitter)

In the last five to ten years, you must have witnessed the effective advancement of computing technologies. In the meantime, malware attacks have also gradually become a cause of concern. After WannaCry’s attack that brought the operation of many big multinational companies to a standstill for days, Microsoft has now foreseen a possible similar kind of cyber-attack of big scale. Yes, you read it right. Technology giant Microsoft has recently warned that nearly one million computers globally are still at risk of malware attack similar to WannaCry that spread worldwide in 2017 causing billions of dollars in damage.

It is to be noted that the warning comes days after the Microsoft discovered "wormable" vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services for Windows that can automatically spread.

According to TechCrunch, Microsoft has issued its second advisory, urging users to update their systems to prevent the "BlueKeep" malware attack.

"Microsoft is confident that an exploit exists for this vulnerability. It's been only two weeks since the fix was released and there has been no sign of a worm yet. This does not mean that we're out of the woods," warned Simon Pope, director of incident response at Microsoft's Security Response Center (MSRC).

"Our recommendation remains the same. We strongly advise that all affected systems should be updated as soon as possible," he said.

Importantly, the bug is a "critical" vulnerability that affects computers running on Windows XP, Windows 7 and on server operating systems. These operating systems are widely being used especially in corporate environments.

"The vulnerability can be used to run code at the system level, allowing full access to the computer -- including its data. Worse, it is remotely exploitable, allowing anyone to attack a computer connected to the internet," reports TechCrunch.

It is worth mentioning here that only Windows 8 and Windows 10 are not vulnerable to the new bug.

First Published: Sunday, June 02, 2019 03:53 PM
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