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German agency warns Windows 8 PCs are vulnerable to Cyber Threats


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#1 JHMcG

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:44 PM

A German government technology agency has warned that new security technology in computers running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system may actually make PCs more vulnerable to cyber threats, including sabotage. Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday that federal government agencies and critical infrastructure operators should pay particular attention to the risk.
 
http://www.trunews.com/german-agency-warns-windows-8-pcs-vulnerable-cyber-threats/

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 8 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:47 PM

Also see here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/501040/your-thoughts-and-opinons-on-the-snowden-case-and-nsa/page-2#entry3137085

And more clarification here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/501040/your-thoughts-and-opinons-on-the-snowden-case-and-nsa/page-2#entry3137638

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:53 PM

Well if you think it isn't valid, feel free to delete it. I just got sent an email with a link to the article about it, so I thought I should share it here. If not true, then definitely delete it.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 06:10 PM

I never said it wasn't valid. I was keeping the same subject matter and discussion all together so it's easier to find.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 06:20 PM

What I find amazing is it takes a security firm to tell us. Every single previous version of windows has been hopelessly vulnerable to security threats-microsoft doesn't even understand the meaning of the term, what makes people think 8 is going to be any different? In all honesty if windows really wants to become secure, they need a complete overhaul of their system-and a complete removal of executable files. Just my .02 cents.


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 06:44 PM

@ the_patriot11 : If you use the link that I posted to the news article on the German warning, you will find that the issue is a hardware chip on new mobos used by Window 8 which allows, those with the knowhow, to spy on you, takeover your computer etc.If I understand it correctly.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 10:35 PM

oh I read it. Im just surprised that anyone is surprised by it is all.


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 10:47 PM

by that I mean, with every single version of windows, usually shortly after its release, some kind of major security flaw is found with windows. its different every time, but theres always something new. Im no longer suprised when a new flaw is found, and in fact, with the NSA being the way it is, I sort of expected something like this intentionally.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:25 AM

Another reason I've switched to 7 back,and yes,I did try 8.1 with Start Menu and Aero,with the new-thing disabled,what was it called...? Start Screen?






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