Microsoft says that it has handled all the vulnerabilities in its recent Windows updates after the news came as Shadow Brokers exploiting Windows Vulnerabilities.
Shadow Brokers, a mysterious group posted a set of confidential hacking tools for Windows stolen from NSA. The main aim was to exploit Windows software vulnerabilities, to move across networks and infect systems. This was the latest and most damaging one, which demanded an emergency fix from Microsoft. The hacks included different “Zero-day Exploits” which steal information and valuable documents. The Good Friday timing is bad as the juvenile hackers are also known as “Script Kiddies” are active on the holidays while many defenders will be away.
A security executive who runs the Twitter account @HackerFantastic called the development a “Microsoft apocalypse.” Many other renowned personalities from security community highlighted the severity of the episode for Microsoft.
In response to a question about how the company is addressing, the issue a Microsoft spokesperson said, “We are reviewing the report and will take the necessary actions to protect our customers.” There is yet no confirmation on why Shadow Brokers chose to post the Microsoft and SWIFT vulnerabilities.
Early in the Saturday Morning, the tech giant justified in its blog post, that it has assessed all of the exploits And told that most of them have been fixed. Yesterday they revealed in a statement to Reuters that only the reporters contacted them regarding the exploits. No individual or organization has called them so far. The company said three of the exploits don’t affect supported platforms (upgraded OS, Windows 7 or newer) and the other seven are taken care of by patch releases. The four exploits namely Eternal Blue, Eternal Champion, Eternal Romance and Eternal Synergy were already fixed in last month updates (March 14).
Both Hackers and Cyber criminals have been playing up with the revelations on vulnerabilities. The moral of the story remains the same: Update Operating Systems and release the patch soon.
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