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Leaked NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World


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#1 quietman7

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 05:50 PM

Leaked NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World.

The ShadowBrokers, an entity previously confirmed by The Intercept to have leaked authentic malware used by the NSA to attack computers around the world, today released another cache of what appears to be extremely potent (and previously unknown) software capable of breaking into systems running Windows. The software could give nearly anyone with sufficient technical knowledge the ability to wreak havoc on millions of Microsoft users.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 06:05 PM

By this point it has become pretty clear:
Everything connected to the Internet or some other worldwide network, such as GSM, is public! Never forget.

Edited by Just_One_Question, 14 April 2017 - 06:05 PM.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 06:12 PM

Another reason to use linux for the foreseeable future.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 10:27 AM

Update of the link quiteman7 posted.

 

Update: April 15, 2017

Late Friday night, Microsoft published a blog post stating that after an analysis of the ShadowBrokers leak, it had determined that most of the vulnerabilities were patched in a series of Windows updates released in March — updates that security researchers who analyzed the NSA tools apparently neglected to install. This means the exploits in question were not in fact “zero days” and that anyone running the most recent updates on software still supported by Microsoft is safe from the ShadowBrokers arsenal. But the timing of the patch in question is interesting: If Microsoft truly did not receive any help from the NSA, as it claims, the fact that it fixed a litany of holes vulnerable to secret NSA tools exactly a month before those tools were made public is an amazingly fortunate coincidence (curiously, Microsoft skipped the usual acknowledgements section with the patch, which typically nods to how they were informed of the threats fixed in a given update). At any rate, this is certainly good news for Windows users who keep their computers up to date, good news for Microsoft, and still very bad news for the NSA.

 






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