Microsoft Urgent Warning to Millions of “Critical” Danger – Act Now

WINDOWS users were prompted to update their computers after Microsoft upgraded a bug’s threat level to critical.

Experts say it could be worse than the highly damaging cyber attack that hit the NHS a few years ago.

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The vulnerability allows hackers to remotely deliver malicious code to your devices.

Worryingly, you don’t have to do anything to grab either.

Nerds at IBM warn the vulnerability has a “broader scope” than EternalBlue, which was used in the May 2017 WannaCry ransomware.

WannaCry has locked down thousands of devices in hospitals across the UK, forcing doctors to turn away some non-critical emergencies amid the chaos.

The latest bug could “potentially affect a wider range of Windows systems,” the company said.

It affects all PCs with Windows 7 and newer.

Luckily, a patch was made available by Microsoft in September.

At the time, it was only classified as an “important” solution.

The tech giant believed at the time that the problem was only allowing cyber crooks to get their hands on some sensitive information.

But on December 13, they escalated it to critical.

You should have automatic updates turned on to protect your devices.

If you don’t, you should update immediately.

The error – officially known as CVE-2022-37958 – is also considered dewormable.

This means it can replicate itself over a network and spread to other computers.

“We strongly recommend that users and administrators apply the patch immediately to protect against all potential attack vectors,” said IBM Security X-Force Red.

“The fix is ​​included in the September 2022 security updates and affects all systems running Windows 7 and later.”

Valentina Palmiotti, the IBM security researcher who found it, shared it Ars Technica: “While EternalBlue was a 0-day, luckily this is an N-day with a 3 month patch lead time.

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“As we’ve seen over the years with other major vulnerabilities, such as B. MS17-010 exploited with EternalBlue, some companies have been slow to deploy patches for several months or do not have an accurate inventory of systems exposed to the Internet and are missing out on patching systems altogether.”

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