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  • Writer's pictureBrett Pinder

NSA Warns of a Serious Vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows 7

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

If you are one of the people who have and older version of Windows XP, Vista, or 7, installed on your computers, you might want to listen up.

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NSA, the National Security Agency, warns PC users of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 systems, that a recent vulnerability had been discovered that could potentially be a "worm-able" virus, meaning it could be exploited by malware.

Microsoft issued an alert on May 30th about a vulnerability, that can affect older Windows systems including Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008. The vulnerability was nicknamed “Blue Keep.” The Blue Keep exploit is so bad that Microsoft released a patch for Windows XP, a system they stopped supporting 5 years ago. Microsoft strongly urges users of these operating systems to install these patches on their machines.

The vulnerability could allow a virus to spread pre-authentication, meaning without any user interaction. This is similar to the WannaCry Virus which disabled millions of computers in 2017. The Wanna Cry Virus infected said computers with ransomware.

The National Security Agency is concerned that millions of computers can go down, and in turn, can turn into a catastrophic event. With computers operating so many functions in our lives, it is vital you take the time to update your computers to insure that your systems will not be affected by malware, ransomware, or a crippling virus.

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