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Criminals exploiting Microsoft vulnerabilities. BlueKeep Warning.

Criminals exploiting Microsoft vulnerabilities. BlueKeep warning! 

There has been evidence that criminals are targeting a vulnerability affecting Windows machines called BlueKeep.  BlueKeep is used to install cryptocurrency miners, which is used as a test. If the install is successful then criminals may use this for a larger attack in the future by installing malware and accessing and stealing data.  

The consequences of a larger cyber attack could not only harm your business but your clients as well if a criminal got hold of your customers data. 

What to do?

·         If you run Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008, it is critical that you patch now across the entire technology estate. Don’t wait for the next periodical update. Microsoft instructions found here.

·         Beyond patching this vulnerability, Windows 7 End of Life is January 14, 2020. This means Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft, and therefore will not receive any future security updates. The two most popular options are to either upgrade the operating system or pay for ‘Extended Security Updates’ from Microsoft now.

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